Older TDIs Get Stay of Execution After EPA Approves Fix

Older TDIs Get Stay of Execution After EPA Approves Fix

0 comments 📅28 July 2017, 19:45

Scarcely two years after the mother of all automotive scandals yanked nine years’ worth of Volkswagens out of the “law-eternal citizen” category and into the environmental slammer, U.S. regulators have approved a fix for older VW 2.0-liter diesel cars.

The fix, which various believed would never happen, received an official thumbs up from the Environmental Patronage Agency and California Air Resources Board today. The move means potential salvation for 326,000 in another manner doomed VW and Audi vehicles in the United States.

The crop of first-generation 2.0-liter cars, which makes up the size of the half-million vehicles sidelined in the U.S., span model years 2009 to 2014. An earlier two-step fix already applies to newer models with Gen-2 engines. (Unsold 2015 TDIs went on sellathon in April.)

“With the approval, VW will offer owners of these vehicles the voice to keep and fix their car, or to have it bought back,” said the EPA in a release. “To get hold of this approval, VW submitted test data and technical information that demonstrates that the modification desire reduce emissions without negatively affecting vehicle reliability or durability. VW inclination thoroughly identify any differences in vehicle attributes (such as fuel economy) so owners may order an informed choice.”

The EPA’s green light means the automaker can begin notifying owners of their newfound choice right away. Once the replies roll in, the cars can go under the knife.

“The approved modification involves both software and machinery changes,” the EPA stated. “VW will remove the defeat device software that reduced emission put down effectiveness in all but emissions testing circumstances, and replace it with software that directs the emission controls to role effectively in all typical vehicle operations. VW will also replace the NOx catalyst and, for 2009 models, traditional other emission control system hardware.”

A version of this article fundamental appeared on thetruthaboutcars.com

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