Volkswagen has reached an agreement with the government on a fix for its emissions-cheating 3.0-liter V-6 diesels, according to a report in Bloomberg. This would follow the previously announced settlement regarding the 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel cars.
Unlike the 2.0-liter TDI, for which there is no approved remedy that can bring the engine into emissions compliance, it appears that at least some versions of the 3.0-liter TDI can be fixed via a software update. The engine was sold in the VW Touareg, Audi Q5 and Q7, Audi A6, A7, and A8, and Porsche Cayenne, during the model years from 2009 to 2016. Of the roughly 80,000 total vehicles affected, it’s estimated that three-quarters could be made emissions-compliant (although at what cost to fuel economy or performance is not yet known). Older models, for which a software update would be inadequate, would have to be bought back.
It’s believed that VW is seeking to avoid the expense of having to buy back all of the 3.0-liter cars; the company already is on the hook for nearly $15 billion for the buyback of some 500,000 2.0-liter diesels.
Still to be determined is whether owners of the newer V-6 TDIs could choose to sell back their cars rather than get them repaired. Also unknown is what monetary compensation VW will offer V-6 TDI owners and lessees.
The settlement still needs the blessing of the courts, and the automaker is due to appear before the judge on November 30. We should have more answers for V-6 TDI owners then, but it appears that a resolution finally is drawing near.