VW Gets Green Light to Sell Some Diesels in U.S.

By Paul Riegler on 30 March 2017
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2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI, now available at a dealer near you

Volkswagen’s U.S. subsidiary received the go-ahead to sell thousands of model-year 2015 diesels that have been off limits to buyers until since the Dieselgate scandal became public.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday said Volkswagen dealers can sell the never-titled vehicles after updating their emissions software. Dealers will also have to update install a hardware fix as well but, since the parts won’t be available until 2018, the EPA is allowing sales to proceed with the proviso that Volkswagen will take the cars back into the workshop for the hardware update when it becomes available.

The exact timing for dealers to start signing contracts is yet to be determined, however.

“We are still finalizing the details of this program and will provide more information on its implementation at the appropriate time,” said Volkswagen in a statement.

The move, which applies to model year 2015 Golfs, Jettas, Passats, and Beetles equipped with VW’s 2.0-liter TDI Engine, applies to some 67,000 2015 vehicles. Approximately 12,000 are still in dealer inventories, the automaker said.

This batch of diesels could be Volkswagen’s last in the United States as the Wolfsburg-based automaker has said it plans to shift its focus on electric vehicles in the future.

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