Washington DC - The California Air Resources Board has ordered Volkswagen to draft a plan by early January to fix more than 15 000 three-litre V6 turbodiesel cars and SUVs sold in the state since 2009 that emit up to nine times legally allowable emissions.
Volkswagen admitted on 20 November that some software on 2009-2016 diesel vehicles including the Porsche Cayenne, Volkswagen Touareg and Audi A6, A7, A8, Q5 and Q7 has an undeclared auxiliary emissions control that could be considered a “defeat device”. The company ordered dealers to stop selling 2016 and used older models with the 3.0 TDI engine early in November.
VW must “take appropriate corrective action to remedy the nonconformity and return these vehicles to claimed certification configurations which meet required standards,” said the letter from CARB's chief of emissions compliance, Annette Hebert, posted on the agency's website. The plan must be filed within 45 days.