This will be really interesting to see how it plays out.
The cars, all built in the last seven years, include a device programmed to detect when they are undergoing official emissions testing, the EPA said, adding that the cars only turn on full emissions control systems during that testing. The controls are turned off during normal driving situations, the EPA said.
And how much could this cost VW?
The EPA said VW faces fines of up to $37,500 per vehicle for the violations – a total of more than $18 billion. No final total was announced.
I’d be really concerned if I owned a TDI what the “fix” is going to do to the car’s reliability. Obviously VW only took a risk like this because they couldn’t find a way to make the car drive properly AND pass the emissions test.