482,000 VW TDIs Produce 5 to 35Xs the NOx Beyond Federal Emissions Requirements

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  1. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

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  2. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Thursday April 21, 2016

    VW Statement Regarding EPA Investigation

    Volkswagen is committed to earning back the trust of its customers, dealers, regulators and the American public. These agreements in principle are an important step on the road to making things right. As noted today in court, customers in the United States do not need to take any action at this time.

    From Europe, a little more...

    Volkswagen has reached an agreement in principle with the U.S. authorities

    In connection with the diesel issue, Volkswagen AG confirms that an agreement in principle with the Department of Justice (Environmental Division), the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), and the California Air Resources Board (CARB), with the full involvement of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), has been reached in the United States. This agreement in principle will be incorporated into binding consent decrees by the Department of Justice and the FTC in the coming weeks.

    Furthermore, Volkswagen has reached an agreement on the basic features of a settlement with the class action plaintiffs in the lawsuit in San Francisco. This agreement will be incorporated into a comprehensive settlement in the coming weeks.

    The judge presiding over today's court hearing in San Francisco, Charles R. Breyer, expressly welcomed this development.

    The arrangements in the making in the United States will have no legal bearing on proceedings outside of the United States.

    Ongoing investigations by the Department of Justice, Criminal Division, and the State Attorneys General are not prejudiced by these agreements in principle.
     
  3. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Friday April 22, 2016

    Volkswagen AG Status of the comprehensive investigation

    At the end of September 2015, the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft assigned law firm Jones Day with a comprehensive investigation in connection with the diesel matter. This investigation is already far advanced and is being pursued intensely. For this purpose, approximately 65 million documents were submitted for electronic review, of which more than 10 million were forwarded for review by Volkswagen's lawyers. Around 450 interviews have also been conducted about the diesel matter; dozens of additional interviews are planned. Based on the current assessment, Jones Day expects the investigation to conclude in the fourth quarter of 2016.

    After a thorough examination of the legal situation, the Supervisory Board and the Management Board of Volkswagen have nevertheless had to recognize that a disclosure of interim results of the investigation at this point in time would present unacceptable risks for Volkswagen and, therefore, cannot take place now. This decision is based on the assessment of the U.S. law firms retained by Volkswagen (Sullivan & Cromwell and Jones Day), which have both strongly advised against such a disclosure independently of each other.

    Volkswagen regrets that it has had to move away from the original plan to disclose interim results of the investigation by the end of April. The reasons lie in the following developments in proceedings involving Volkswagen in connection with the diesel matter in the United States:

    Volkswagen's complex negotiations with a large number of parties in the United States (including private plaintiffs and multiple U.S. regulators, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the Federal Trade Commission, the Attorneys General of each of the 50 states, and, in particular, the U.S. Department of Justice) have entered a decisive phase sooner than anticipated and require Volkswagen to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality. The extensive and confidential nature of these negotiations and Volkswagen's cooperation with the Department of Justice restrict Volkswagen´s ability to comment further on necessarily tentative results of the continuing investigation.
    • The further disclosure or characterization of interim results, which are currently available, would likely prejudice the rest of the investigation at this time, in particular because individuals who have yet to be questioned could align their statements with the contents of the interim report.

    • In counsel's view, a disclosure would also significantly impair Volkswagen's cooperation with the Department of Justice and weaken Volkswagen's position in any remaining proceedings.

    • In counsel's view, such disclosure could also jeopardize the credit that Volkswagen may expect to receive in the event of its full cooperation with the Department of Justice. According to Volkswagen's legal advisers, this could have very substantial negative financial consequences.
    If a full settlement can be achieved with the Department of Justice, the Supervisory Board and the Management Board currently expect that a detailed statement of the facts of this matter will be made public in the U.S. at that time. This is because the settlement of a criminal investigation with the Department of Justice is customarily accompanied by a detailed statement of facts, agreed to by the parties.

    Volkswagen explicitly regrets that it is not able to publish interim results by the end of April as initially planned. However, due to the reasons outlined above, the Management Board and the Supervisory Board see themselves forced to refrain from a disclosure in the interest of the company.
     
  4. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Thursday April 28, 2016

    Volkswagen starts recall of the first Golf models in Europe.

    The German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) grants approval for the software solution for affected Golf 2.0LTDI BMT.

    VW is starting the technical modification of vehicles affected with engine type EA 189. The first model that customers will be soon able to make a service appointment for is the Golf TDI Blue Motion Technology (BMT) with a 2.0L engine. In Europe around 15,000 Golf’s with a manual transmission are being recalled to the dealerships. Additional Volkswagen models will follow shortly in the recall process.

    During development of the technical measures, a customer-friendly solutions had a top priority. This is why the vehicle recalls will be staggered in several groups to ensure efficient implementation of the modifications. Following examination and confirmation by the KBA, all customers affected have already received a first letter informing them about the recall measure. In a further letter at a later point in time the vehicle owners will be asked to make an appointment with a Volkswagen partner company of their choice. This letter will shortly be sent to all owners of Golf 2.0L TDI BMT.

    In close coordination with the Federal Motor Transport Authority, it is Volkswagen's aim that the technical solution does not result in any changes to the fuel consumption, performance data or noise emissions of the vehicles concerned. For the Golf 2.0L TDI BMT the KBA has confirmed that this objective has been achieved.

    Volkswagen is working at full speed to implement the technical solutions and will rectify all vehicles affected by the NOx issue. This will be done in close coordination with the responsible authorities. In Europe Volkswagen is exercising its right as a manufacturer to remedy defects. Volkswagen customers will not incur any costs as a result of these technical measures. Furthermore, as part of the recall process all customers will be offered appropriate replacement mobility options free of charge.

    Over and above this the vehicles affected are technically safe and roadworthy. They can be driven on roads without any limitations until the modifications are implemented. The implementation of the necessary technical measures is being carried out throughout Europe in accordance with a timetable and action plan coordinated with the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA).
     
  5. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Friday May 20, 2016

    Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles launches retrofitting solution for Caddy 1.6 TDI models affected by the diesel issue.

    Germany's Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has approved Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles' retrofitting solution for Caddy 1.6 TDI models affected by the diesel issue. The Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brand has now launched the process for retrofitting affected Caddy models equipped with the EA 189 engine. Approx. 10,000 vehicles are being called into service shops in Europe.

    Following close consultations with the German Federal Motor Transport Authority, the current goal at Volkswagen is that the technical retrofitting solution also should not result in any changes to the fuel consumption values, performance data or noise emissions of the affected vehicles. In the case of the Caddy 4 (2016 model year) 1.6 TDI with a manual gearbox and an N1 commercial registration, the KBA has now confirmed that this goal has been fully achieved and has therefore approved the retrofitting solution for the affected vehicles.

    All affected customers are now being informed of the recall measure and asked to make an appointment with an authorized Volkswagen partner of their choice.

    Customers will not incur any costs as a result of the technical measures. In addition, all customers will be offered a suitable replacement mobility option free of charge as part of the recall process.

    It should also be noted that all affected vehicles are technically sound and safe to drive, which means they can be used without restriction until the retrofitting solution is implemented. The implementation of the necessary technical measures is being carried out in accordance with the timetable and action plan agreed upon with the Federal Motor Transport Authority.
     
  6. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Tuesday May 24, 2016

    Latest VW Statement Regarding Diesel Status Conference
     
  7. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Friday June 3, 2016

    Germany's Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) approved the technical retrofits for the Volkswagen Passat, CC and Eos models with 2.0L TDI EA 189 engines. Over 800,000 vehicles affected by the diesel issue are now to be recalled as soon as possible. The affected owners will receive letters from Volkswagen and can then arrange a service appointment with a Volkswagen partner workshop without delay.

    This is a continuation of the retrofit campaign for affected vehicles started by Volkswagen early this year.

    German customers will be informed in two stages. In the first stage, all of the affected owners have already received a letter agreed with the KBA, which informed them that their car is covered by the retrofit campaign. Now they will receive a second letter, asking them to make an appointment with an authorized Volkswagen partner of their choice. In several stages, the owners of the affected Passat, CC and Eos models with 2.0L TDI engines with power outputs of 108 hp, 134 hp and 138 hp will also receive such a letter.

    Following the retrofit, the cars will meet all legal requirements. The KBA has also confirmed unequivocally that the technical solutions for these models will not result in any changes to the fuel consumption, performance or noise emissions of the vehicles concerned. The KBA had previously confirmed this for all of the other vehicles for which the recall has been approved to date.

    Volkswagen is working at full speed to implement the technical solutions and will rectify all vehicles affected by the NOx issue. This will be done in close coordination with the responsible authorities. Volkswagen customers will not incur any costs as a result of the technical measures. In addition, all customers will be offered a suitable replacement mobility option free of charge as part of the recall process.

    The launch of the recall campaign, which was initially planned for the second quarter of 2016 for affected cars with 1.2L TDI EA189 engines, will be delayed: Volkswagen expects to receive approval for the technical solutions for other high-volume models with the affected 2.0L TDI engines in the near future.

    The vehicles affected are technically safe and roadworthy. They can be driven on roads without any limitations until the modifications are implemented. The implementation of the necessary technical measures is being carried out throughout Europe in accordance with a timetable and action plan coordinated with the KBA.
     
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  8. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Wednesday June 8, 2016

    In Germany VW is making progress with implementing the technical fixes for the affected TDI equipped vehicles.

    The Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has given the go-ahead for the modification of approximately 1.1 million additional VW Passenger Cars, Commercial Vehicles and Audi branded vehicles.

    Owners of VW Tiguan models and of the Caddy from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles fitted with EA 189 2.0L TDI are being informed to make service appointments. The KBA has so far approved more than 2.5 million Group vehicles for the modification(s).

    In the case of the VW Passenger Cars, the fixes for several affected 2.0L TDI engine variants used in the Golf, Passat and Tiguan have been confirmed. The recall process has also begun at Audi. The KBA's go-ahead has been received for the A4, A5, A6 and Q5 vehicles with EA-189 2.0L TDI engines. For the SEAT Exeo with the same engine model the modification work has been previously announced and is well underway.

    All of the affected Group brands' businesses are prepared to carry out the required software update. Trained service staff are at the customers' disposal to make appointments and answer any questions related to the service process.

    Precisely how the fixes are being carried out within the EU and in the rest of the world (outside of the USA and Canada) is dependent on the official stipulations in each individual country.

    In Germany customers are being informed in a two-stage process. All affected owners have been notified in a first letter that their vehicle is being recalled. As soon as the technical solution for any group of vehicles has been approved by the KBA, the customers are being asked in a second letter to make an appointment with a VW dealership of their choice. The modification of the complete vehicle group is being done in various stages in order to ensure that the service process runs smoothly.

    For the 1.1 million vehicles recently given the go-ahead, the KBA has confirmed that after the software update there is no change to the fuel consumption, performance or noise emissions of the affected models. The same also applies to all models previously given the go-ahead for the modification.

    Volkswagen is continuing to work diligently on the implementation of the technical fixes. This is being done in close consultation with the relevant authorities. The affected customers will incur no costs as a result of the technical measures being carried out. As part of the recall process all customers are also being offered an appropriate replacement means of transport free of charge.

    The affected vehicles are technically safe and fit to drive. Between now and their modification, they can continue to be used on the road without any restrictions. The required technical measures are being implemented across Europe based on a schedule and action plan agreed with the KBA.
     
  9. ksstathead

    ksstathead Moderator

    If the fix has no impact on fuel economy or emissions, why did they deceive?
     
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  10. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Maybe penny wise pound foolish? Save a few bucks in parts/labor but practically bankrupt the company?
     
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  11. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    Cost, or maybe they did not know how to meet the regulations when the engines were first released.
     
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  12. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Could be. So intellectual laziness? Poor management practices? Company culture? All of the above?

    I believe solutions can always be found, but it takes time and money. That's where the engineering trade-offs come in. Poor choices were made in this fiasco.
     
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  13. ksstathead

    ksstathead Moderator

    Ah, of course.
    Same reason it is frustrating to look at most small cars which woulda/coulda/shoulda been designed for much better fuel economy.
    Darn accountants :)
     
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  14. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Credit where due... I give kudos to the sustaining engineers for coming up with solutions in a finite time and with finite resources. Adding to a finished product is almost always harder than doing it right in the first place.
     
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  15. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Yeah, I see what they are doing about this problem in Europe. But most of us are in the US of A. I want to know what they are going to do HERE.
     
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  16. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    I do, too. We should find out more around the 21st.
     
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  17. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    ... or not. The deadline to have the settlement details figured out has been pushed back again, to June 28. First it was April 21, then June 21, now June 28. The word "deadline" seems to be losing its meaning, but at least the delays are getting shorter...

    A lot of people, myself included, are getting very impatient with how this is being handled. VW has taken too long in getting this resolved.
     
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  18. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    If you meet the deadline, the world will end...
     
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  19. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Mike:

    I am not sure if it is VW that is holding this up or CARB/EPA. Or maybe the FTC?

    I am becoming concerned for owners of TDIs that want to sell or trade in their VWs for a new car of whatever make and model. A few months is an irritation. 9-months or more must feel like a lifetime.

    Wayne
     
  20. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    Yes, I am thinking of trading it in or selling in a year or two. Details will be ironed out before then but who knows how long of a delay there will be to set up the programs and handle all the claims. The longer people have to wait for a settlement, the less likely they are to buy another VW. Unless there are additional bonuses for trading in on a newer one.
     
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