Finally Some Good News, VW Believes They Can Fix Audi’s Recalled V-6 Diesels

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There quite arguably can’t be anything more expensive for a car company than having to recall cars to fix something gone awry then not knowing how to fix it and having to replace the cars that are defective. Audi owners, after having to wait months driving in cars they know are defective, are waiting for Audi to step forward and take their licks. Finally, some good news, VW believes that they can find a solution other than giving over 466,000 car owners their money back as court ordered. They may have devised a way to fix the V-6 diesel engines that will avoid Audi from having to incur the cost of buying back cars that they will be able to do nothing with but junk for scrap. 

Pending final approval, the settlement between the EPA and VW was finally announced. The decision is that the car owners can approach the carmaker and have the option of either forcing them to buy back the car or having their emissions modified to meet standards. The likelihood is that, after all of this time, most car owners will hold their hands out for a refund.

VW is announcing that they are fairly confident that they have found a fix for the V-6 diesel engines in question, affecting not just them, but Audi cars, that will avoid car owners from having the option to have their cars bought back. Lawyer for VW Robert Giuffra, said at a court hearing, that trying to fix to meet emissions standards would be complicated, and that it may actually affect the performance of the car, which was the argument behind giving owners the option to sell their cars back.

Making matters worse, the 3.0-liter models are still under investigation and discussion is ongoing about what to do with their failures. The process to determine whether they are fixable could take months, with no end in sight for the emissions debacle. Due to the highly technical nature of fixing the cars, although being confident,” there is no assurance that they will be capable of fixing the emissions problem. 

The situation began for VW as far back as a year ago when it was alleged that they knew that the cars they were building weren’t capable of making emissions standards, so they built into them a way to trigger or cheat” the emissions test. Not just a mistake, the whole fiasco has tarnished VW and executive heads because there is still a belief in the industry that the defect was not only known about but also that great length were gone to keep it not only from the EPA but also from consumers.

When the charges began in November of last year, the V-6 engines in question were pulled from the market, due to software defective device” issues. That brought big headaches not just for the VW brand but also for other similar models including the Audi A7 hatchback, A8 sedan and the A6, which ran with the same engine model. Known to have different Auxiliary Control Device software routines, they were included among the cars which would not legally pass the EPA emissions testing.

Allowing as many as nine times the legal levels of contaminants allowed, the emissions software tricked” the tests into passing the car even when they were not within standard pollution levels. Although not on the chopping block yet, of course, Audi is fearful that it is a matter of time before they too will succumb to the same settlement course as their competitor. That is why the prospects of VW being able to fix the problem instead of having to buy back hundreds of thousands of cars is such good news for them. 

With good reason, the EPA is moving along with the settlement and trying not to stop it or to allow a rewrite without caution. Just because VW feels confident,” that does not mean that they can prove their ability to fix the emissions of the existing engines is real. For now, all Audi can do is to hope either that their cars are not the next targeted models or that VW can pull them out of the financial ruin free fall that having to rebuy consumer cars will put upon them. Promising updates on August 25th of this year, consumers and Audi corporate heads will just have to wait with bated breath.
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