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VW, Porsche, Audi Order Stop-Sale on High-Line Diesels

But German brands contend they didn't cheat with 3.0-liter diesel.

by on Nov.04, 2015

The Audi Q7 TDI is one of the numerous Audi, Porsche and VW models affected by the stop-sale.

Volkswagen and its Audi and Porsche brands have ordered a stop-sale on a wide range of high-end diesel vehicles accused by the Environmental Protection Agency of using hidden software to cheat on emissions tests.

But the German maker contends the code identified by the EPA was not intended to hide pollution problems with the company’s 3.0-liter turbodiesel but actually to further reduce emissions in real-world conditions.

Getting to the Facts!

“It’s an auxiliary emissions control device, not the defeat device used in the 2.0-liter diesel,” said Audi spokesman Brad Stertz, referring to the smaller diesel engine used in 11 million vehicles sold worldwide, including 482,000 sold in the U.S. over a seven-year period.

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Courts Move to Consolidate, Speed Up VW Lawsuits

Former US Bankruptcy Judge appointed to oversee settlements.

by on Oct.29, 2015

VW now faces over 300 lawsuits for cheating on diesel emissions tests.

(The caption for the second photo has been corrected.)

So far, more than 300 lawsuits have been filed against Volkswagen in the wake of revelations it cheated on diesel emissions tests, and a former U.S. Bankruptcy Judge has been given the difficult challenge of trying to consolidate the various legal actions and usher in a settlement.

A panel of federal judges will meet in early December to take what could be the next step, deciding on a single venue to handle the expected mega-class action. VW faces the possibility of paying out billions of dollars to owners of the 482,000 diesel-powered vehicles it acknowledged were outfitted with software designed to make the cars appear to meet emissions standards while undergoing certification tests.

Insight!

That’s on top of the hefty fines – possibly as much as $18 billion – the German maker might have to pay the Environmental Protection Agency for violating the Clean Air Act. Separately, VW also faces the prospect of fines and possible criminal charges as the U.S. Justice Department looks into the cheating scandal.

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VW to Retrofit Suspect Diesel Cars to Meet Emission Standards

But fix won’t prevent consumer lawsuits, and costs could be “disastrous.”

by on Sep.29, 2015

New Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller, shown during the debut of the Porsche Cayman.

Volkswagen will attempt to resolve a scandal involving cheating on diesel emissions tests by retrofitting 11 million vehicles with hardware it expects will bring them into compliance with government pollution standards in the U.S. and other parts of the world.

Customers will be contacted “in the next few days” with details of the fix, said Matthias Mueller, who was named CEO last week after predecessor Martin Winterkorn took responsibility for the scam. VW was found by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to have used a “defeat device,” software that could recognize when one of the vehicles was undergoing emissions test. Otherwise, the diesels would be allowed to produce up to 40 times the legal limit of smog-causing oxides of nitrogen.

The Full Story!

The retrofit comes as VW faces potential EPA fines of more than $18 billion in the U.S., as well as a criminal investigation. Similar problems face it abroad, German authorities demanding a fix by October 7th. But beyond the actual cost of the repairs – estimated by some analysts at $6.5 billion – the retrofit actually could exacerbate the legal dilemma the maker faces in the U.S. where a number of class action lawsuits by consumers have already been filed.

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