The $15.3 billion settlement does not include the 85,000 vehicles that use its 3.0 litre engine for typically found in its VW, Porsche and Audi brands. The $15.3 billion settlement is likely to get significantly bigger.
According to German weekly Bild am Sonntag, authorities in the United States have discovered instances of 3 unapproved software apps for Volkswagen’s 3.0 liter diesel engines.
Significantly, the German weekly did not disclose its source for the information.
The software in question are primarily used in the turbocharged direct injection (TDI) engines of VW’s Touareg, Audi’s Q7 and in Porsche’s Cayenne models to shut down emission control systems after about twenty two minutes.
Incidentally, the official method to measure emission tests typically last 20 minutes.
Earlier this year in June, VW had admitted that it had cheated on U.S. diesel emissions tests for years. Volkswagen has now agreed to spend $15.3 billion in a buyback program so that its customers can benefit from cleaner emission technology.
However, this settlement amount of $15.3 billion does not include the 85,000 3.0 litre Audi, VW and Porsche vehicles which have now been found to be fitted with apps that switch off emission control after the test duration time.
Incidentally, this was brought to the notice of U.S. authorities last year itself. A deal which covers this 85,000 vehicles could be months away.
The German weekly has reported that Audi managers are scheduled to appear for a hearing in front of U.S. environmental authorities on August 10. VW could be staring at yet another heavy penalty.
Meanwhile a spokesman for Audi has said that talks with U.S. environmental authorities are on-going and that the talks are aimed at finding a technical solution to the problem.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency declined to comment.