VW denies V6 TDI emissions defeat
Volkswagen AG responded swiftly to accusations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Monday regarding its subsidiaries’ use of emissions defeat devices in U.S. vehicles, saying no such code exists.
The entire statement from Volkswagen follows:
“The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) informed Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft on Monday that vehicles with V6 TDI engines had a software function which had not been adequately described in the application process. Volkswagen AG wishes to emphasize that no software has been installed in the 3-liter V6 diesel power units to alter emissions characteristics in a forbidden manner.
“Volkswagen will cooperate fully with the EPA [to] clarify this matter in its entirety.”
The EPA and CARB issued a notice of violation to Volkswagen of America and its subsidiary brands Monday, this time targeting vehicles equipped with the company’s three-liter diesel V6 powerplant.
The regulators allege that certain Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen cars and SUVs from model years 2014 through 2016 employ a defeat device not disclosed during the EPA emissions certification process. The 2014 and 2015 models in question represent a total volume of roughly 10,000 vehicles. The sedans in question include the Audi A7, A6 quattro, A8 and A8L. SUVs include the Volkswagen Touareg, Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q5.