US regulators approve VW plan to fix or buy back most emissions-cheating cars – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Thursday, July 27, 2017

Volkswagen and U.S. environmental regulators announced their agreement Thursday on a plan for the German automaker to fix or buy back most of the diesel cars involved in an emissions cheating scandal.

The company said the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board have approved the program, which involves about 326,000 VWs sold between 2009 and 2014. That’s the first generation of the “Clean Diesel” cars with 2.0-liter TDI engines, including the Jetta, Golf, Beetle and Audi A3.

Under the plan, VW owners can choose either to have their emissions systems repaired for free or to have the company buy back their vehicles. The company says the fix does not impair driving performance.

With the deal, Volkswagen said it has completed plans covering about 98% of the affected cars with 2.0-liter engines sold in the United States.

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