Volkswagen won’t be meeting a March 24 deadline to outline a diesel fix for U.S. regulators, Automotive News reports.
Volkswagen brand chief Herbert Diess produced the admission in a German newspaper on March 5, claiming it will take the embattled business months, not weeks, to operate out a repair for automobiles affected by the the diesel emissions scandal.
The business has been possessing difficulty coming up with a strategy to modify hundreds of thousands of diesel automobiles sold in the U.S. in order to meet state and federal guidelines. Any fix to cars that left the factory with an emissions-cheating defeat device would have to meet the approval of the Environmental Protection Agency, California Air Sources Board, and U.S. Division of Justice.
Final week, a U.S. District Court judge turned up the heat on Volkswagen by issuing a deadline for the repair — a date that will now have to be ignored.
“I think we have good chances to obtain an agreement with the authorities in the United States in the subsequent months,” Diess told the Wolfsburger Allgemeine Zeitung.
In January, a lawyer functioning for Volkswagen said in court that the organization was ready to get back autos that couldn’t be fixed in a timely manner, as nicely as those that couldn’t be fixed at all.
Older Volkswagen TDI models sold in the U.S. would probably require substantial perform performed to bring their emissions up to acceptable levels. Even if a software fix was capable to bring the older engines into compliance without greater modifications, owners would suffer a noticeable erosion of efficiency and fuel economy.
Final October, Volkswagen of America boss Michael Horn told Congress that the bulk of the cars impacted by the scandal in the U.S. had been older models.
Horn’s statements had been the initial indication that Volkswagen might be ready to purchase affected cars.