Volkswagen Diesel Fix Approved by US Regulators

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The EPA has approved Volkswagen diesel fix that will apply to 326,000 vehicles.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resource Board (CARB) have approved a fix that will include hardware and software upgrades. One of the major changes is replacing an emissions catalyst, and vehicles will lose fuel economy by as much as 2 mpg.

The fix will apply to 98 percent of the 2.0-liter diesel engines in the U.S., and regulators added by saying extensive testing of the fix shows it will not affect “vehicle reliability or durability.”

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The vehicles covered by the fix include the 2009-2014 Jetta TDI, 2009-2014 Jetta SportWagen TDI, 2010-2014 Golf TDI, 2012-2014 Beetle and Beetle Convertible TDI, and 2010-2013 Audi A3 TDI.

In total, the German automaker has already spent $6.3-billion to repurchase cheating diesel vehicles with the 2.0-liter TDI engine. Reuters reports the fix helps bring Volkswagen one step closer to being able to resell or export those vehicles currently being stored across the U.S.

[Source: Reuters]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • PhilYaz PhilYaz on Jul 29, 2017

    VW should have received a 15 year ban from selling cars in the US in addition to the fines. What they did is incredibly egregious. What kind of environment hating nut would ever buy another VW?

  • Ron Reich Ron Reich on Aug 02, 2017

    VW cheated, but the "environment" was likely unaffected. The proof is the fix, which lowers MPG. So NOx, SOx, Carbon and Particulate per mile may actually go up!