TodayApril 15, 2022

CARB shows the equipment that found the Volkswagen defeat device

John Swanton, California Air Resources Board (CARB) air pollution specialist spokesperson, took Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation, around the El Monte, California technology center. The El Monte center is the technology center that is credited with finding out how the defeat devices on Volkswagen diesel passenger cars from 2009 to 2015.

Swanton shows how most cars are tested, and then the portable unit they used to find the defeat device in the Volkswagen diesel passenger cars. (There is no significance that the portable unit is hooked up to a BMW)

Volkswagen is supposed to submit a repair plan by February 2, 2016. There have been talks about buying back some of the 2.0-liter vehicles that are emitting excessive emissions.

Which vehicles are affected?

Affected diesel models are only 2.0-liter cars, and include:
(Note: MY means ‘Model Year’)
VW Jetta SportWagen (MY 2009 – 2014) Audi A3 (MY 2010 – 2013, 2015)
VW Beetle (MY 2013 – 2015)
VW Beetle Convertible (MY 2013 – 2015) VW Golf (MY 2010 – 2015)
VW Jetta (MY 2009 – 2015)
VW Passat (MY 2012 – 2015) VW Golf SportWagen (MY 2015)

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.