Volkswagen 2-Liter Diesel Cars Approved for Modification by CARB

May 23, 2017

Eleven thousand more Volkswagen 2-liter diesel vehicles in California have been approved for emissions modifications required to reverse the effects of defeat devices installed by the company. The modification approval for the Gen 2 automatic 2-liter diesel engine found in model years 2012-2014, was announced by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). That approval covers about 10,600 vehicles in California.

There are approximately 590 vehicles from this group with manual transmissions in California, and they are not covered by CARB’s latest approval. VW has been unable to demonstrate the required compliance, and is reevaluating its proposed emissions modification for these cars, according to the board.

“Today’s approval is another important step in efforts to repair the environmental harm caused by these vehicles and their excess emissions in California, while giving the affected consumers another choice for resolution,” said Executive Officer Richard Corey. “We are advancing on the technical fixes per the settlement agreement as expeditiously as possible. So, today’s approval is not the end of the story. VW must still successfully modify thousands of earlier model vehicles, or prepare to buy them back.”

The Generation 2 vehicles are among more than 70,000 2-liter diesel cars with defeat devices sold in California. There are nearly a half-million 2-liter VWs and Audis with defeat devices nationwide, according to CARB.

In the worst cases, these vehicles were emitting up to 40 times the allowed levels of nitrogen oxides (NOx), according to CARB.

The Gen 2 automatic cars now join the Gen 3 cars which received their modification approval on Jan. 6. Modifications for the approximately 49,000 Gen 1 cars, the earliest models from model years 2009-2014, are still being evaluated, according to CARB.

Engineering is also underway for possible modification of the 17,000, 2009-2016 3-liter diesel vehicles which have defeat devices. Modifications have not yet been approved for those vehicles, according to CARB.

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