Volkswagen, GM Face Troubles in Court
Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
It’s been a rough week for the auto industry and, not surprisingly, for Germany’s leading car maker.
On Friday, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) rejected Volkswagen’s proposed fix for the emissions systems in 3.0-liter engines. Air regulators say the proposal submitted is “too vague” on how VW and Audi will limit carbon emissions.
It’s the second time CARB rejected a Volkswagen proposal for what air regulators call “incomplete” and “substantially deficient” information about the proposed adjustments. In February, CARB rejected what it called a “single, incomplete plan … that failed to address the basic requirements in the California Code of Regulations.” As a consequence, CARB summarized, the VW and Audi proposals fell “far short of meeting the legal requirements to return those vehicles to the claimed certified configuration.”
VW acknowledged the setback, calling it a “procedural step under California state law.” The automaker said it will continue to “try to secure approval of a technical resolution for our 3.0L TDI vehicles as quickly as possible.”
VW has maintained for months that fixing the 85,000 defective 3.0L Audi, Porsche and SUV emission systems is simpler than modifying the smaller 2.0-liter VW vehicles. In June, a lawyer for VW told a federal district court judge that the company believed it could come up with a mechanical fix for the emissions problem, a preferable option for the automaker which is currently facing more than $14 billion in fines and other costs.