Volkswagen Gets a New Diesel Deadline, But There Won't Be Another

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
volkswagen gets a new diesel deadline but there wont be another

After missing today’s deadline for a U.S. emissions fix, Volkswagen has been issued a new one, and will now face a summer trial if the date passes without a plan to cure its diesel ills.

The extension of the deadline until April 21 was issued by U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer, who had earlier set the March 24 deadline for the embattled automaker, Reuters is reporting.

The consensus of today’s meeting in California between Volkswagen, the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board was that progress had been made in reaching an agreement on how to deal with 580,000 Volkswagen diesels equipped with pollution-causing defeat devices.

Progress, however, is not a fleshed-out agreement, so the automaker was issued an extension with a firmer deadline and stated penalties as a motivator.

Breyer said that a fix could come in many forms — a mechanical or electronic fix, a buyback of the affected vehicles, or something else. Though he didn’t elaborate on the what that “something else” could be, it could be a reference to a suggestion made at a recent legislative hearing by CARB chief Tod Sax.

Sax said if Volkswagen is unable to bring its older TDI models into environmental compliance (because the modifications needed to do so would be too extensive), an option would be for regulators to “accept less than a full fix.”

If this becomes part of the solution, Volkswagen would have to compensate the state and federal government for the environmental damage from its partially-fixed vehicles. Already, sources have said the automaker is on the process of setting up two large environmental remediation funds.

In addition to the $46 billion U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit, Volkswagen faces continuing criminal investigations in Germany, a fraud case in France, and numerous smaller lawsuits from other jurisdictions and shareholders.

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  • Balreadysaid Balreadysaid on Mar 26, 2016

    It's a joke since this has been a known issue. The powers that be should never have let a car the size of a 4x4 quad be sold that produces soot by the #. The diesel engine isn't any good with what is strapped to it. Too many rig drivers are complaining to me about new rigs and how they run. I see many new diesel pickups, GM diesels more than others right now having issues. Why bother with problems? If you need it buy a diesel. Otherwise don't support the nonsense they are throwing on people. The less demand for it the less they push the bullshit. I want a diesel, colorado, ram, etc.. Not worth it right now. Better off buying a gas job in anything. Save on the cheaper fuel and let the spa make laws that don't effect you. Screw vw. To push your diesel and have it not comply. While profiting big money. Very scummy if you ask me.

  • JonBoy470 JonBoy470 on Mar 28, 2016

    Even before this controversy, TDI's had no plausible "Eco friendly" play as is seen with Hybrids and EV's, that induced people to buy them, cost be damned. There's also no overriding functional requirement, as there is with commercial trucks. All they had was a lower operating cost that offset the higher upfront price of the car within the first few years of ownership. That was the entire TDI value proposition, and the EPA/CARB crackdown on diesels, starting about a decade ago, would have blasted that value proposition to hell if they'd *honestly* met the new regs.

  • Malcolm It's not that commenters attack Tesla, musk has brought it on the company. The delivery of the first semi was half loaded in 70 degree weather hauling potato chips for frito lay. No company underutilizes their loads like this. Musk shouted at the world "look at us". Freightliners e-cascads has been delivering loads for 6-8 months before Tesla delivered one semi. What commenters are asking "What's the actual usable range when in say Leadville when its blowing snow and -20F outside with a full trailer?
  • Funky D I despise Google for a whole host of reasons. So why on earth would I willing spend a large amount of $ on a car that will force Google spyware on me.The only connectivity to the world I will put up with is through my phone, which at least gives me the option of turning it off or disconnecting it from the car should I choose to.No CarPlay, no sale.
  • William I think it's important to understand the factors that made GM as big as it once was and would like to be today. Let's roll back to 1965, or even before that. GM was the biggest of the Big Three. It's main competition was Ford and Chrysler, as well as it's own 5 brands competing with themselves. The import competition was all but non existent. Volkswagen was the most popular imported cars at the time. So GM had its successful 5 brands, and very little competition compared to today's market. GM was big, huge in fact. It was diversified into many other lines of business, from trains to information data processing (EDS). Again GM was huge. But being huge didn't make it better. There are many examples of GM not building the best cars they could, it's no surprise that they were building cars to maximize their profits, not to be the best built cars on the road, the closest brand to achieve that status was Cadillac. Anyone who owned a Cadillac knew it could have been a much higher level of quality than it was. It had a higher level of engineering and design features compared to it's competition. But as my Godfather used to say "how good is good?" Being as good as your competitors, isn't being as good as you could be. So, today GM does not hold 50% of the automotive market as it once did, and because of a multitude of reasons it never will again. No matter how much it improves it's quality, market value and dealer network, based on competition alone it can't have a 50% market share again. It has only 3 of its original 5 brands, and there are too many strong competitors taking pieces of the market share. So that says it's playing in a different game, therfore there's a whole new normal to use as a baseline than before. GM has to continue downsizing to fit into today's market. It can still be big, but in a different game and scale. The new normal will never be the same scale it once was as compared to the now "worlds" automotive industry. Just like how the US railroad industry had to reinvent its self to meet the changing transportation industry, and IBM has had to reinvent its self to play in the ever changing Information Technology industry it finds it's self in. IBM was once the industry leader, now it has to scale it's self down to remain in the industry it created. GM is in the same place that the railroads, IBM and other big companies like AT&T and Standard Oil have found themselves in. It seems like being the industry leader is always followed by having to reinvent it's self to just remain viable. It's part of the business cycle. GM, it's time you accept your fate, not dead, but not huge either.
  • Tassos The Euro spec Taurus is the US spec Ford FUSION.Very few buyers care to see it here. FOrd has stopped making the Fusion long agoWake us when you have some interesting news to report.
  • Marvin Im a current owner of a 2012 Golf R 2 Door with 5 grand on the odometer . Fun car to drive ! It's my summer cruiser. 2006 GLI with 33,000 . The R can be money pit if service by the dealership. For both cars I deal with Foreign car specialist , non union shop but they know their stuff !!! From what I gather the newer R's 22,23' too many electronic controls on the screen, plus the 12 is the last of the of the trouble free ones and fun to drive no on screen electronics Maze !