According to Consumer Reports, Volkswagen has admitted to circumventing the emissions control system in about 482,000 vehicles sold in the U.S. since 2008 with the 2.0-liter diesel engine, leading many people to refer to the situation as ‘Dieselgate.’ It is believed that as many as 11 million vehicles worldwide may be affected.
In September, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a notice of violation to Volkswagen for failure to comply with Clean Air Act regulations. The EPA found that certain Audi, Porsche, and Volkswagen models were emitting more pollutants than legally acceptable. There has been an ongoing investigation into which engines and models have violated the laws.
It is reported that the car maker has set aside 6.7 billion euros to help cover the costs of the recalls and another 2 billion euros for compensation payments related to its manipulations of carbon dioxide emission levels. According to the Center of Automobile Management in Germany, the costs of fines, lawsuits, and vehicle refits caused by the rigging of the diesel emissions tests could exceed 30 billion euros (about 34 billion dollars), making this one of the most complex and costly fixes in automobile history.
According to Consumerreports.com, the impacted models are:
• Audi A3 (2010-2015)
• Audi A6 Quattro (2014-2016)
• Audi A7 Quattro (2014-2016)
• Audi A8/A8L (2014-2016)
• Audi Q5 (2014-2016)
• Audi Q7 (2013-2015)
• Porsche Cayenne (2014-2016)
• Volkswagen Beetle, Beetle Convertible (2012-2015)
• Volkswagen Golf (2010-2015)
• Volkswagen Golf SportWagen (2015)
• Volkswagen Jetta, Jetta SportWagen (2009-2015)
• Volkswagen Passat (2012-2015)
• Volkswagen Touareg (2013-2016)
Find more info about the recall here: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/cars/guide-to-the-volkswagen-dieselgate-emissions-recall-