Owners of Volkswagens equipped with emissions-cheating four-cylinder diesel engines finally got some good news earlier this week with the announcement of a comprehensive buyback program, but owners with similarly cheaty V6 diesels were left in the dark. Unfortunately, VW hasn't yet announced a definitive remediation plan for those cars, but some good news has emerged from a court hearing.
, a lawyer from Volkskwagen said in a court hearing that the company thinks it has a fix for 85,000 Porsche, Audi, and Volswagen cars equipped with emissions-cheating 3.0-liter V6 Diesels. The fix, according to VW lawyer Robert Giuffra, isn't complex and won't have an impact on performance. Currently, the proposed fix is undergoing testing to ensure durablility.
Since Volkswagen will have to spend over $10 billion on buybacks for cheating four-cylinder diesel cars in the U.S., it's safe to say it wants to avoid the same fate for its cheating V6 cars. Even though only 85,000 cars sold in the U.S. are affected, these cars–including various Audis, the Porsche Cayenne, and the VW Touareg–are much more expensive than the four-cylinder models. Buybacks on these would likely cost billions of dollars.
VW hasn't been given a deadline to propose a fix for these vehicles, but a hearing is scheduled on August 25th.