Exclusive U.S. Environmental Authorities Reject VW’s Plan to Recall Manipulated 3-Liter Diesel Models

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board have rejected the plans submitted by Volkswagen to recall 80,000 manipulated 3-liter diesel models in the United States, including Porsche and Audi SUVs. The authorities, which first uncovered the scandal in September 2015 and affects 11 million cars worldwide, criticized VW’s plan as incomplete and said it had significant shortcomings and could not be approved in its current form. The decision, issued in the night to Thursday in a letter from CARB to VW and Audi, affects 80,000 cars in the United States from the VW, Audi and Porsche brands. It does not impact VW’s $15.3-billion settlement  agreed last month for almost 500,000 manipulated 2-liter diesel cars in the United States. A VW spokeswoman confirmed that the carmaker would continue to work closely with the authorities to find a solution for the 3-liter cars as soon as possible. Picture source: Arno Burgi / DPA