This will be a big week for Volkswagen. It’s supposed to outline its plan to fix nearly 500,000 diesel-emissions cheating vehicles by November 20th. Ahead of the deadline, a report says VW and Audi will meet with the U.S. environmental regulators from the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board later this week to discuss the company’s efforts.
Back in September, Volkswagen admitted it used software on 2.0-liter TDI engines to cheat emission test results that, as it turns out, violate U.S. pollution emission rules. Since then, the EPA’s issued a second Clear Air Act Violation for some of Volkswagen’s larger 3.0-liter engines, but VW is still considering those findings.
According to Automotive News, VW’s powertrain development chief Friedrich Eichler will sit down with U.S federal regulators sometime this week and a separate meeting is planned for Audi. While a VW spokesman didn’t exactly confirm the U.S. meetings, VW Friday that Eichler had held previous meetings with U.S. regulators and “he is not the only one (from VW) who is participating” in meetings.
The EPA isn’t saying a whole lot either, except that it is in “frequent, ongoing discussions with VW about next steps,” according to EPA spokeswoman Laura Allen.
Meanwhile, older VW models aren’t the only diesels that need fixes. New 2016 TDI models are impacted as well. VW has already withdrawn its request for government certification of 2016 diesel cars with 2.0 liter engines pending further talks.
Last week, VW announced it had stopped producing diesel 2016 Passat sedans at its Chattanooga, Tenn., assembly plant while awaiting a fix.
Also, this week VW is appealing to its customers to be patient. In its first big marketing response to the scandal, Sunday it started running ads in major U.S. newspapers. They say VW is “working to make things right”. VW also plugs the Goodwill program in which current TDI owners of impacted vehicles get a $1,000 gift card. However, VW owners are pretty unsatisfied with that plan saying it doesn’t cover costs of their depreciation.
The ads will run in more than 30 newspapers, including USA Today, The New York Times,The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times.
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