Volkswagen says they’ve made “tremendous progress” towards reaching a final settlement with U.S. officials concerning diesel emissions in vehicles with 2-liter engines. After months of waiting, any news at all feels like tremendous progress.
VW will present a final plan to a judge during their court date on June 21, 2016. The plan should include information on fixes, settlements, and potential buyback options.
German officials have given VW the green light to repair cars with the 2-liter diesel 189 engine. Volkswagen says the fix is a “retrofit” and it will make the cars legal to drive without affecting performance or MPGs. Hopefully that’s a sign of things to come in the USA.
3-Liter Owners Continue to Wait
Meanwhile, owners of 80,000 Audi, Porsche, and VW vehicles with 3-liter NOx-spewing engines will still have to wait for a fix. The 3-liter cars have the same problem as their 2-liter counterparts, but the root cause — and thus the fix — are completely different.
There’s plenty more information about the VW diesel emissions problem for those who want to dive deeper.