CARB has 20 days left to confirm VW, Audi’s proposed diesel fix

A while back, we talked about how Audi, along with the rest of the Volkswagen Group, had proposed a fix for its EPA violating diesel engines to CARB (California Air Resources Board). This fix was proposed or around 85,000 cars that used the VW Group’s 3.0 liter TDI V6. Apparently, CARB only has 20 days left to test out this fix to see if it actually works. According to CARB, they plan to “respond following a thorough and complete review to make sure the plan addresses the presence of the illegal defeat device and follows the necessary environmental, vehicle and public health and safety regulations.”

If CARB approves of this fix, Audi and the rest of the VW Group can end the stop-sale on all of their TDI vehicles and start recalling the violating cars that are already on the road. This would help current TDI owners dramatically, the owners who’ve been waiting for a fix for their seemingly broken cars.

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2015 Audi Q7 3.0 TDI (UK-spec)

We’ll see what happens, though, because CARB recently rejected Volkswagen’s plan to fix the 2.0 liter TDI that also violated EPA regulations. Apparently, the brand’s 2.0 liter fix “lacked detail” whatever that means. Hopefully, CARB finds all of the detail they need in the 3.0 liter fix so customers can get their vehicles recalled and remedied and Audi can get back to selling the engine us enthusiasts know and love.


Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.