SACRAMENTO, California — A plan to fix Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche vehicles with 3.0-liter diesel engines that skirt U.S. pollution rules with illegal emissions software was submitted on Tuesday to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the Environmental Protection Agency.
"VW has stated this plan is intended to remedy the presence of one or more defeat devices in 2009-'15 model year 3.0-liter diesel vehicles," CARB said in a statement posted on its website. "VW agrees these devices resulted in excess emissions and other instances of noncompliance in the affected vehicles."
CARB said it is reviewing the proposal to "make sure the plan addresses the presence of the illegal defeat device and follows the necessary environmental, vehicle and public health and safety regulations.
Details of the plan were not disclosed.
Audi is the lead automaker in talks with CARB and the EPA on the 3.0-liter diesel engine violations, since it designed the engine.
"We are fully cooperating with the U.S. authorities to make our V6 3.0L TDI engine compliant with regulations," Audi said in a statement provided to Edmunds. "After meetings between EPA/CARB and our technicians, we filed a recall plan within the time limit laid out in the regulations.
"Now the authorities will review the plan and determine whether it meets their requirements. We hope to receive a decision in the near future."
On January 12, CARB rejected Volkswagen's proposal to fix 482,000 2.0-liter diesel vehicles, saying the plans "contains gaps and lack sufficient detail."
The rejection only applies to VW's 2.0-liter diesel vehicles, not 3.0-liter diesel vehicles.
Edmunds says: If this recall plan is approved, owners of these vehicles should finally get some answers about repair plans.