We recently learned of Audi’s 3.0 liter TDI V6 engines having been subject to cheating diesel emissions in the US. The EPA found out that the 3.0 TDI engines used by Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche had three “auxiliary emissions control devices” and the third device was the so-called ‘defeat device’. We also recently learned that Audi planned to fix these engines with a simple software fix. Though Audi’s software fix must be submitted to the EPA and California’s Air Resourced Board (CARB) before it can be implemented. It turns out that Audi better get on it.CARB has given Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche 45 days to come up with a fix, propose it to the board and have it approved.
The recall proposal is for an estimated 15,000 vehicles sold with the 3.0 TDI engine since 2009 but according to Audi, this time requirement by the CARB is fully expected and will not be an issue. “We fully intend to work on solutions to present to regulators within this window of time,” the spokesperson said in an e-mail. “We take this very seriously and will treat responses to the agencies as a solemn responsibility.”
If Audi can get a solution proposed to CARB in a timely fashion and have it pass and become implemented soon after, Audi could be looking at a very quick fix to this massive issue. Admittedly, there’s still the issue of all the 2.0 liter TDI engines that will require more extensive fixing, but at least Audi is getting closer to a fix for its 3.0 TDI engine, the far more popular of the two.