Volkswagen plan to fix diesel emission issue rejected

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has rejected Volkswagen’s plan to fix its pollution-spewing 2.0-liter diesel cars. The vehicles are equipped with software that allows them to emit up to 40 times legalll allowable pollution.

The CARB said VW’s proposed fix was not adequate or fast enough, according to a report from Reuters and several other media organizations. The agency said it would continue its investigation as well further discuss with VW new potential solution.

Only the proposal to fix 2.0-liter diesel engines, the most common affected, was rejected. The proposal for fixing the 3.0-liter diesel engines also affected, is not scheduled for evaluation by the CARB until February 2016.

Since the faulty VW emissions issue was announced in September 2015, the carmaker has reshuffled its management, proposed several varying fixes in several markets, reduced the marketing of its diesel and suspended production of diesel cars in several countries.

Volkswagen Fix Rejected For Three Reasons

The CARB cited three reasons for the rejection: “gaps and a lack of sufficient detail,” a lack of “enough information for a technical evaluation,” and — perhaps most damningly — a claim that “the proposals do not adequately address overall impacts on vehicle performance, emissions and safety.”

The 2014 Volkswagen TDI is among the cars with false emission test numbers.
The 2014 Volkswagen TDI is among the cars with false emission test numbers.

Several earlier reports have cited media sources in Germany stating that Volkswagen will soon agree to buy back vehicles affected by the emissions issue. Details of how, if and when that approach might be taken have not been determined.

Volkswagen hasn’t commented on the CARB’s announcement.

Matthias Muller, the VW CEO, is scheduled to meet with Gina McCarthy, the Environmental Protection Agency chief to discuss the emissions scandal that impacts nearly 600,000 vehicles in the United States and as many as 11 million vehicles worldwide.

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