Volkswagen has announced a fix for the 3.0-liter TDI engine powering U.S. cars will be available soon.
The messy diesel scandal at the Volkswagen Group is far from being over, but at least now we know VW is almost ready to introduce a remedy for the Audi-developed 3.0-liter V6 TDI engine. We should point out the fix involves installing a new catalytic converter on approximately 85,000 VW, Audi, and Porsche vehicles sold in United States.
Affected by what will be a recall are going to be models such as the Touareg, A6, A7, A8, Q5, Q7, and the Cayenne. All of these models are equipped with a so-called “defeat device” which refers to illegal software that sets up a timer to manage the exhaust-cleaning system’s temperatures. The special software kicks in only when the cars are undergoing an emission test, so in real-world driving the vehicles pollute more.
It was back in February when a recall plan was proposed for cars with the turbodiesel six-cylinder engine, but Volkswagen of America and U.S. regulators came to an agreement to focus instead on the smaller engines that power around 480,000 cars. VoA is facing a June 21 deadline in United States to sort out an agreement whether to repair or buy back 2.0 TDI-powered cars.
The VW Group needs money to handle the Dieselgate which is why some projects are either being postponed or axed. That’s why the second-gen Phaeton has been pushed back until towards the end of the decade, while a production-ready Golf R400 is unlikely to happen.