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California Regulators Reject VW Plan to Repair 3.0-Liter Diesels

German maker still hopes to avoid another buyback program.

by on Jul.14, 2016

The fix would have covered VW and Porsche products - as well as the Audi diesels shown here.

Volkswagen’s plan to recall and repair thousands of vehicles using its rigged 3.0-liter diesel has gotten the thumbs-down from California regulators.

VW late last month agreed to spend $14.7 billion to settle consumer lawsuits and U.S. government allegations that it cheated on emissions tests involving its 2.0-liter turbodiesel. The deal includes plans to buy back about 475,000 of those vehicles sold in the U.S. since 2009. But the German maker said it was working up a fix for the larger 3.0-liter diesel that would eliminate the need for a similar buyback program.

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That proposal has been rejected, according to a letter the California Air Resources Board has sent to VW. It declared that the proposed fix is ” incomplete, substantially deficient, and fall(s) far short of meeting the legal requirements to return these vehicles to the claimed certified configuration.”

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Volkswagen to Spend $8.8 Bil on U.S. Diesel Buy Back and Fix

Maker will shift focus to electric cars, says CEO Mueller.

by on Apr.28, 2016

Volkswagen's Matthias Mueller outlined the automaker's plan to spend $8.8 billion to buy back cars with faulty diesel engines.

Volkswagen expects to spend about 7.8 billion euros, or $8.8 billion, to buy back or fix the diesel cars it had rigged as part of an emissions testing scam.

The maker already has accounted for that charge, however, including it in the $18.2 billion deducted from 2015 earnings, CEO Matthias Mueller said Thursday. While the maker has yet to get formal approval for a U.S. fix, the executive said that dealing with the rigged diesels “will remain our most important task until the very last vehicle has been put in order.”

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Mueller also said that Volkswagen plans to increasingly shift focus away from the high-mileage diesels that have been a major plank in its product portfolio. It will now make battery-based vehicles – including hybrids, plug-ins and pure battery-electric models – “one of Volkswagen’s new hallmarks.” (more…)

Volkswagen Sets Deadline for Whistleblowers

Automaker can't offer cover from German prosecutors.

by on Nov.13, 2015

Volkswagen has set a deadline of Nov. 30 for whistleblowers to offer up any information they may have without corporate reprisals.

Volkswagen AG set the end of the month as the deadline for whistleblowers to come forth with any information they may have about the cheating on diesel emissions tests.

According to Sueddeutsche Zeitung, the deadline is designed to coax potential employees with that knowledge to come forth quickly with the promise that doing so won’t spell the end of their careers with the automaker.

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VW hired two U.S. companies – Deloitte, an advisory firm, and Jones Day, a high profile law firm – to help investigate how the problem happened. Several engineers installed software on three generations of diesel engines to change the emissions outputs when a vehicle was in test mode. When it was not, it would improve the performance parameters of the powerplants: at the expense of emissions. (more…)