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Regulators Back Emissions Fix for Volkswagen SUVs in U.S.

  • Audi, Porsche, VW-brand diesel SUVs to get software update
  • Fix approvals still pending on some 3.0-liter diesels
Automakers Unveil Their Latest Vehicles Ahead Of Geneva International Motor Show
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Volkswagen AG’s proposed fix to emissions systems that had been rigged to pass pollution tests was approved for 38,000 SUVs with diesel V-6 engines, another milestone in the automaker’s effort to remedy more than half a million U.S. vehicles that skirted clean-air rules.

Winning approval by U.S. and California regulators for the 3.0-liter modifications allows Volkswagen to avoid offering to buy-back the vehicles from owners and lessees under the terms of a $1.2 billion court settlement reached in May. Repairs have been approved for the remaining VW and Audi vehicles powered by 2.0-liter engines, totaling about 477,000 vehicles. As part of that deal, the automaker agreed to buy back around 20,000 Touareg and Audi Q7s.