Published: Sat, January 16, 2016
Business | By Max Garcia

VW's diesel fix plan rejected by the U.S. regulators

VW's diesel fix plan rejected by the U.S. regulators

CARB said it would continue to work with the carmaker and the EPA to find a solution, but emphasised the danger to public health that VW continued to pose. Rather, he said, the scandal was down to a "misunderstanding of USA law".

In response, Volkswagen said in a statement that it was working with outside advisers "to develop a swift, fair and independent program, which will provide a comprehensive remedy for our customers". [Volkswagen] needs to make it right

The rejection only addresses initial plans that were submitted in late November, the company said in an e-mailed statement.

WASHINGTON - The California Air Resources Board (Carb) has rejected Volkswagen's (VW's) plan to fix 2.0 litre diesel cars equipped with software that allows them to emit up to 40 times legally allowable pollution.

"It's obvious the EPA and CARB are seeking a very specific and comprehensive resolution plan", he said. "In an apparent moment of candor in Detroit, we now learn that the company's newly appointed and most senior leader doesn't believe Volkswagen lied, which is undisputable, and can not say when it plans to deliver its solution to a problem that is affecting millions of Americans, which is unacceptable", Jepsen said.

"We made a priority decision to focus on heavy-duty diesel trucks at the time, and that's why we didn't catch it", he said.

"Mr. Mueller recognizes that his choice of words in trying to respond - in English - to questions about the conduct of VW with respect to the emissions issues may have resulted in some confusion", VW said in a written statement.

CARB has issued a press release in which it details the reasons for rejecting Volkswagen's proposed method of fixing the 2.0-liter TDI engines affected by the Dieselgate scandal.

VW global CEO Matthias Mueller met Wednesday with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy in Washington. Sales in the second half of 2015 dropped by as much as 25% in some regions of the country, in large part because without EPA approval, the company was forbidden to sell new and certain certified used diesel cars - which typically account for about 25% of overall sales. The company's proposed recall plan for those vehicles is due February 2.

Volkswagen may end up buying back tens of thousands of diesel-engined cars in the U.S., Bloomberg reports, citing two sources familiar with the matter. A rejection letter written by CARB executive officer Richard Corey cited the plan's inability to correct the problem in a timely manner.

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