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California Wants Diesel Fix Answers from VW Next Month

Compliant vehicles still outperform EPA mileage ratings.

by on Oct.12, 2015

Michael Horn, head of VW of America, is going to have to tell the California Air Resources Board how the company will fix its diesels by Nov. 20, 2015.

As VW of America chief Michael Horn explained he didn’t know how the diesel cheating could happen to a dais of angry U.S. congressmen, the California Air Resources Board informed VW it better have a plan in place to fix the problem by Nov. 20.

The deadline comes 45 days after the automaker received a compliance letter on Sept. 18 regarding the diesel issue. Not only that, it appears that California officials are going to start testing other diesels from automakers other than VW to ensure they are compliant.

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Thus far, no other automakers have come forward or been caught failing to meet federal or state emissions standards or cheating to make them. VW estimates that it may have as many as 11 million diesels with the cheating software in the U.S. (more…)

VW Halts Diesel Sales, Recalls 170,000 TDIs

Problem with potential fuel line leak.

by on Oct.06, 2011

The Audi A3 - named 2010 Green Car of the Year - faces recall due to the fuel line defect. Audi CEO Johan de Nysschen is shown accepting the award.

Volkswagen Group of America has taken the unusual step of ordering a stop sale on its imported diesel car line-up due to a problem with a high-pressure fuel line that can come loose and potential cause a fire.

The move impacts a variety of models including the Jetta TDI and Audi A3 TDI produced from May 2009 until a month ago when the defect was discovered.  The maker will need make repairs on vehicles now on dealer lots.  Meanwhile, it plans to issue a recall for those cars already in owner hands, a move that will affect about 160,000 Volkswagen vehicles and another 7,000 Audis.

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The recall is a potential black eye for a company that has put significant emphasis on its diesel technology as a way to differentiate itself from the competition.  Demand for the high-mileage powertrains has been strong and growing – reaching 30% with some Volkswagen models, according to company data.

VW has also been struggling to shed an image of poor quality.  It has lagged in many consumer studies over the past decade but has more recently begun to bring its quality problems under control.  Jonathan Browning, CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, has listed quality as perhaps the single biggest issue VW must deal with if it hopes to meet a goal of doubling sales by 2018.