We recently learned that Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche had all sold models equipped with the VW Group’s 3.0 TDI engine that violated US emissions. All of these models had defeat devices installed on their engines that cheating emissions testing so as to be sold despite producing higher than acceptable emissions. In total, 83,000 violating models were sold.
For the 63,000 of those violating vehicles, from all three brands, that are equipped with the second-generation 3.0 TDI engine, Volkswagen will recall them for a fix, so long as the fix is approved by the EPA and CARB (California Air Resources Board). If they can’t be fixed, the Volkswagen Group will buy these vehicles back from the owners or terminate the leases of lessees.
The other 20,000 of the vehicles were equipped with the older, first-gen variant of the 3.0 TDI engine and cannot be fixed. So VW is going straight to the buy-back for those models.
On top of buying back all of the violating cars, Volkswagen will have to pay $225 million to an environmental trust that was created for the 2.0 liter turbocharged TFSI engines that previously violated emissions in the US. An additional $25 million will be payed to CARB to support zero-emission vehicles.