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Volkswagen of America reveals their 2016MY cars with 2.0 TDI engines also have defeat device

Shocking news coming from VoA as they have announced the 2016MY 2.0 TDI diesels also have a defeat device. The reveal was made a few hours ago, but Volkswagen already informed EPA last week and now they are working together to find a solution to this new problem that involves the cars sold by VAG in United States with the 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine.

They say it’s an “auxiliary emissions control device” different than the one which triggered the original dieselgate, but the end result is likely the same: to effectively make the cars cheat during the emissions tests even though in real life the vehicles are considerably more harmful to the environment. It seems this software enables the pollution control catalyst heat up quicker and this improves the performance of the device which has to separate the nitrogen oxide into nitrogen and oxygen gases.

Chances are Volkswagen of America will decide to postpone the launch of their 2016MY cars that are offered with the problematic 2.0 TDI. This could be yet another blow to the Volkswagen Group and will likely affect even more the popularity of diesels, especially in United States where such motors are not very appreciated by the customers.

Adrian Padeanu

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