The Volkswagen Group is making big structural and management changes in the wake of “Dieselgate” [An unnecessarily inflammatory name that the hyped-up media created. — Ed.] at the same time the automaker’s leadership is crafting a remedy to the emissions problem suffered by its current 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel engines (type EA189 and EA288). If you own one of the models affected by the crisis, you don’t care that heads are rolling, or that the company’s global operations are realigned. You want to know what you need to do with your car, and what Volkswagen is going to do to make this right.
Right now, you’re going to continue driving your car, and you’re going to wait.
The emissions non-compliance problem is not a safety issue, at least in terms of the TDI’s driving behavior. Rather, the affected models spew up to 40 times the nitrous-oxide (NOx) emissions that are allowed by law, and this non-compliance does constitute a health issue, the extent of which is still being determined. In the U.S., the number of affected models is less than 500,000 vehicles, while the global tally rises to about 11 million.
Note that no Audi or Volkswagen TDI models sold in the U.S. prior to the 2009 model year are impacted by the crisis. If you own one of the following vehicles, however, your car will be recalled once Volkswagen determines a fix for the problem:
Volkswagen has set up a new website to keep TDI owners informed about the company’s progress on determining a solution to the problem, and it also has established a Volkswagen customer care hotline staffed by people who can answer your questions:
Volkswagen Customer Care: 1-800-822-8987
On this website, Volkswagen has posted official statements from several of the company’s executives and supervisory board members, each one apologizing profusely and promising that the automaker is working as hard and as quickly as possible to find a solution to the problem. While it might be hard to trust such exhortations, you can bet that nobody at VW Group is sitting on a beach in Mallorca right now.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) are also working overtime on the issue. Automotive News reports that the first new diesel model to get extra scrutiny from the regulatory agencies will be the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado and 2016 GMC Canyon equipped with a new 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder diesel engine, which uses a urea-injection selective catalytic reduction system to clean NOx from the exhaust. A General Motors representative told the trade journal that GM is confident that the trucks will prove compliant, and that they will go on sale later this year as planned.
As far as the rumored “refitting” of VW Group EA189 and EA288 diesel engines are concerned, AutoWeb will provide additional updates as new, and official, information becomes available. For now, owners of the affected models can continue driving their cars, wait patiently for the solution, and ultimately decide for themselves if Volkswagen can ever restore their trust in the brand, and in diesel engines.
Check back to AutoWeb for more updates.