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Regulators approve VW plan to fix 70,000 more diesel vehicles

Unfortunately, the repairs require some hardware that isn't available yet.
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Before it can reinvent itself as an EV automaker, Volkswagen still has to clean up the remnants of the ongoing Dieselgate scandal that has cost the company billions in buyback programs, repairs and class action settlements. With so many different models affected, VW has also had a difficult time getting regulators to approve it fixes. However, the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board announced Friday that they have approved the company's plans to repair about 70,000 Generation 3 2-liter engine vehicles.

The approved program means VW can offer customers the choice of either selling back their vehicle or having it repaired, but only covers the model year 2015 diesel versions of the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Golf, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat and the Audi A3. Owners who want to have their vehicle fixed should know that the repair is a two-step plan: first you'll need to bring the vehicle to a VW dealer to remove the "defeat device" that was fooling emissions tests. The second phase includes further software and hardware changes that aren't available yet, but which should be rolling out in a year. Be aware, that diesel ride of yours is also going to need a new diesel particulate filter, diesel oxidation catalyst, and NOx catalyst to get it in line with current regulations, all of which should be covered under the repair plan.

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