EXCLUSIVE: Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Fixes to Begin in US in February
According to the same source who revealed to TTAC that Volkswagen will announce next week its “TDI Goodwill Program”, the automaker will also begin to roll out fixes for affected diesel emissions cars in the U.S. in February.
The fix, which was mentioned to dealers and communicated to dealer staff, will comprise of an ECU flash. The details of the ECU flash itself and the specific vehicles to which it will apply were not provided.
It was reported previously that different generations of the affected EA189 diesel engine could receive varying levels of correction, from ECU flashes to the installation of full urea-fed SCR systems. This ECU flash could be just one of two or three fixes for Volkswagen’s dirty diesels.
Volkswagen has supposedly earmarked $4 billion to fix their diesel cars and public reputation in the U.S., which includes money the automaker will use to fund the “TDI Goodwill Program”, said the source.
“We were informed that … customers will be notified in batches according to the vehicle’s VIN,” said the source.
Some 482,000 vehicles were sold in the U.S. with the EA189 2-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine.
On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency revealed they had found what they believed to be a “defeat device” on vehicles equipped with the larger 3-liter six-cylinder diesel engine found in the 2014 Touareg, 2015 Porsche Cayenne Diesel and 2016 models of the Audi A6 Quattro, A7 Quattro, A8, A8L and Q5. Early estimates put the count of affected vehicles at 10,000, but it’s likely much higher.
Volkswagen has stopped the sale of those models, but disagrees with the EPA’s findings, stating “no software has been installed in the 3-liter V6 diesel power units to alter emissions characteristics in a forbidden manner.”
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