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Friday, May 19, 2017

CARB announces emissions modification for more VW 2.0 liter diesel vehicles

CARB announces emissions modification for more VW 2.0 liter
diesel vehicles

Generation 2 automatics cleared for repair, Generation 2 vehicles
with manual transmissions are not approved for modification


SACRAMENTO- Eleven thousand more Volkswagen 2.0 liter diesel
vehicles in California have been approved for emissions
modifications required to reverse the effects of “defeat devices”
installed by the company. The modification approval for the
so-called ‘Gen 2’ automatic 2-liter diesel engine found in model
years 2012-2014, was announced today by the California Air
Resources Board (CARB). That approval covers about 10,600
vehicles in California.

There are approximately 590 vehicles from this group with manual
transmissions in California, and they are not covered by today’s
approval. VW has been unable to demonstrate the required
compliance, and is reevaluating its proposed emissions
modification for these cars.

“Today’s approval is another important step in efforts to repair
the environmental harm caused by these vehicles and their excess
emissions in California, while giving the affected consumers
another choice for resolution” said Executive Officer Richard
Corey. “We are advancing on the technical fixes per the
settlement agreement as expeditiously as possible.  So today’s
approval is not the end of the story. VW must still successfully
modify thousands of earlier model vehicles, or prepare to buy
them back.”

The Generation 2 vehicles are among more than 70,000 2.0 liter
diesel cars with defeat devices sold in California. There are
nearly a half-million 2.0 liter VWs and Audis with defeat devices
nationwide. In the worst cases these vehicles were emitting up to
40 times the allowed levels of nitrogen oxides (NOx). NOx is a
primary contributor to ozone (smog) and California has the worst
areas in the country for ozone pollution.

The Gen 2 automatic cars now join the Gen 3 cars which received
their modification approval on January 6, 2017.

Modifications for the approximately 49,000 Gen 1 cars, the
earliest models from model years 2009-2014, are still being
evaluated.

Engineering is also underway for possible modification of the
17,000, 2009-2016, 3.0 liter diesel vehicles which have defeat
devices. Modifications have not yet been approved for those
vehicles.

Owners of these vehicles can learn more at:
https://www.vwcourtsettlement.com/en/

CARB’s VW Infromation Web page is here:
https://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/vw_info/vw-diesel-info/vw-diesel-info.htm

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