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California to Volkswagen's Proposed 3.0L TDI V6 Fix: No

It seemed that a possible fix was on the way for the Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche models featuring the 3.0L TDI V6 that were deemed to have illegal emission software. Unfortunately, that fix has been rejected.
Posted: July 15, 2016 - 8:43AM
Author: Will Maley

Reuters reports the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has rejected Volkswagen's proposed plan for fixing the 3.0L TDI V6.

"VW's and Audi's submissions are incomplete, substantially deficient, and fall far short of meeting the legal requirements to return these vehicles to the claimed certified configuration," CARB wrote in their rejection letter to the German automaker.

This comes as a surprise as Volkswagen's lawyer Robert Giuffra said last month that the company believed it could fix the 85,000 vehicles equipped with the 3.0L, and it would not be complicated. As we reported back in May, the possible fix featured a software update and a new catalytic converter.

This isn't the first time CARB has rejected a proposed fix from Volkswagen. Earlier this year, the board said no to Volkswagen's fix for the 2.0L TDI for the same reason as the 3.0L TDI.

A Volkswagen spokesman tells Reuters the company "continues to work with EPA and CARB to secure approval of a" fix.

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