We recently learned of Volkswagen’s diesel-gate (verbal trademark, you heard it here first) in which Volkswagen installed defeat devices on its diesel engines in the United States to which faked just how clean the emissions were. Volkswagen AG could be facing massive fines, and has reportedly set aside 6.5 billion Euros to fix things. As of right now, VW CEO, Martin Winterkorn has admitted the wrongdoings and is said to be making a statement soon today.
Now, however, it’s said that the United States Environmental Protection Agency is investigating both Audi and Porsche 3.0 TDI V6 models. Volkswagen AG claims that only the Type EA 189 power plants, which is Volkswagen Group’s 2.0 liter four-cylinder TDI engine, were the violating engines. But the EPA now wants to check other diesel engines that stem from the parent company. While there is no evidence to suggest that these 3.0 V6 TDI models have violated any laws, but after this new development with Volkswagen, the EPA needs to be sure. “they were certified well before we knew what we know now,” said Christopher Grundler, director of the EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality.
It isn’t only the United States government who’s looking into Volkswagen, now. Governments around the world are checking the state of the Type EA 189 powerplants as well. The European Union, the German Government and even South Korea are all taking a closer look at the Wolfsburg brand. What happens next, we don’t know. We do know that it will be a long year for Volkswagen, as it plans to spend 6.5 billion Euros ($7.2 million USD) to fix this issue. We’ll give you more information as we get it.