VW diesel agreement: what we know (and don t know) in five questions

VW diesel agreement: what we know (and don’t know) in five questions

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Six-Month Road Test

Yesterday’s news that Volkswagen and the U.S. EPA had reached agreement on a deal to address VW’s diesel-emission cheating scandal brought as much confusion as clarity.

The carmaker and the regulator said they had agreed on the general outline of a deal to suggest owners a choice of either modifications or buybacks.

There was also a separate suggest to compensate owners up to $Five,000 apiece.

Other terms covered future efforts VW would make to make up for the excess emissions its cars produced, and various other remediation and corrective measures.

But comments and questions on our report yesterday indicated a broad degree of confusion among owners and observers alike.

So we’ve violated it down into five questions to clarify the most common areas of misunderstanding.

Consumer Reports tests two thousand fifteen Volkswagen Jetta TDI diesel in ‘cheat mode,’ October two thousand fifteen [movie framework]

(1) Which diesel vehicles does this agreement cover?

It applies only to Volkswagen and Audi sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons sold with Two.0-liter four-cylinder TDI diesel engines from the two thousand nine through two thousand fifteen model years.

2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI, Golf SportWagen TDI, Jetta TDI, Passat TDI, Beetle TDI; and two thousand fifteen Audi A3 TDI

These 67,000 vehicles are all fitted with the “EA288” Two.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine, which substituted the older engines used in 2009-2014 TDI models. These are all fitted with a Selective Catalytic Reduction emission aftertreatment system that requires the regular addition of liquid urea solution.

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Six-Month Road Test

2012-2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI

These 90,000 diesel Passats built in the U.S. use an older “EA189” engine, but also include a Selective Catalytic Reduction system too.

2009-2014 VW Jetta TDI, Jetta SportWagen TDI; 2010-2014 VW Golf TDI; 2012-2014 VW Beetle TDI; and 2009-2013 Audi A3 TDI

These 325,000 cars, fitted with the old “EA189” Two.0-liter four-cylinder diesel, were always expected to be the most challenging to update, because they are not fitted with the urea system. They also include the oldest vehicles in the group, some sold as early as late 2008, and may include the largest number of vehicles with high mileages already driven.

NOTE: Yesterday’s announcement does not apply to various Audi, Volkswagen, and Porsche sedans and SUVs sold with the Three.0-liter V-6 TDI engine.

Those vehicles are the subject of separate negotiations.

They include the TDI versions of the Audi A6, A7, and A8 luxury sedans and Q5 and Q7 crossover SUVs, as well as two more SUVs: the Volkswagen Touareg TDI and the Porsche Cayenne Diesel.

2014 Audi Q5 TDI, Catskill Mountains, Oct 2013

(Two) How much will Volkswagen pay me for my used diesel car if I go for the buyback?

Buyback prices were not released yesterday, and a fair way to value the used diesel cars for repurchase is likely still being negotiated.

The values of used VW and Audi diesel cars have plummeted since mid-September, when VW’s emission cheating very first became public.

Most analysts expect the buyback program to employ used-car values established by a neutral third party, perhaps Edmunds or KBB.

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