Exclusive Exclusive: Californian Authority Does Not Expect VW To Win Car Recall Approval by March 24

The California Air Resources Board does not expect Volkswagen will be able to meet a March 24 deadline to secure approval for a recall plan to fix around 500,000 manipulated diesel cars in the United States, German business magazine WirtschaftsWoche reported, citing CARB Executive Officer Richard Corey. CARB and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency revealed the carmaker’s diesel emissions scandal mid-September, throwing Europe’s biggest carmaker into crisis as it admitted that around 11 million diesel cars worldwide were fitted with software that cheated emissions tests. Mr. Corey said he didn’t think most cars could be fixed in a way that would make them comply with maximum emissions limits, WirtschaftsWoche, a sister publication of Handelsblatt, reported. Mr. Corey made his statement after CARB had examined VW’s proposals from February to fix the affected cars. Neither a software update of the engine nor the addition of a new catalyst converter would be sufficient, Mr. Corey said. A Californian judge has set a date of March 24 by which VW has to present a plan how to fix the affected diesel cars in the United States.   Picture source. DPA / Julian Strasenschulte