California Rejects VW’s Fix For Larger Diesels

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Bad news for Volkswagen in California. The state’s regulators are giving another big thumbs down to VW’s plan to fix 16,000 3.0-liter TDIs that don’t meet emissions standards.

The California Air Resources Board says VW’s proposed fix just isn’t sufficient. And the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency agrees.

The California case involves 16,000 VWs, Audis and Porsches equipped with 3.0-liter TDIs. The models, equipped with defeat devices designed to cheat emissions tests, include the Volkswagen Touareg, Porsche Cayenne and Audi A8. They stretch from the 2009 to 2016 model years.

This case is separate from VW’s recent settlement over 2.0-liter TDIs. The automaker’s agreed to pay up to $14.7 billion to buy back those vehicles, make repairs, offer compensation to consumers, or some combination of the above for nearly 600,000 TDI diesels nationwide. You can find a list of compensation and buy back amounts here.

Meanwhile, in California, regulators say they’re not even sure there is a fix for the 3.0-liter TDIs. If there isn’t a satisfactory one, VW may have to buy them back as well. It could be December before they iron it out.

A Volkswagen spokesperson said the company continues to work with EPA and CARB to secure approval of a technical resolution.

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