The California Air Resources Board and Environmental Protection Agency said late on Tuesday that Volkswagen AG submitted a plan to fix 80,000 recalled 3.0 liter diesel SUVs and cars that emit up to nine times legally allowable pollution.
After more than four months of lengthy talks and making little apparent progress winning approval to begin fixing any U.S. VW diesel vehicles with excess emissions, the comprehensive proposal for 3.0 liter vehicles submitted by VW offers the German automaker a chance to finally win approval to start selling diesel vehicles again.
U.S. and California regulators said in November that the German automaker used undeclared auxiliary software to allow Audi, Porsche and VW vehicles to emit excess emissions.
The disclosure came six weeks after the EPA said VW had engaged in emissions cheating in 482,000 cars with smaller 2.0 liter engines that allowed vehicles to emit up to 40 times legally allowable pollution.
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