Volkswagen to repair catalytic converter problem on US cars

Engineers at German car giant Volkswagen hope to fix US cars that are affected by catalytic converter problem due to emissions test cheating scandal

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

The Volkswagen emblem is shown on the grill of Volkswagen's BUDD-e electric vehicle during a keynote address at the 2016 CES trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 5, 2016

Volkswagen engineers have come up with a catalytic converter that could be fitted to around 430,000 cars in the United States as a fix for vehicles capable of cheating emissions tests, German daily Bild am Sonntag reported.

The converter would be fitted to cars with the first generation of the EA 189 diesel engine, the paper reported on Sunday, without providing information on its sources.

A source familiar with the matter told Reuters that the proposal for a technical solution VW has drawn up includes a new catalytic converter system made in part from new materials.

Volkswagen has struggled to agree with US authorities on a fix for vehicles fitted with the emissions test cheating devices, Reuters reported this week, showing how relations between the two sides remained strained four months after the scandal broke.

The fix would need to be approved by the US Environmental Protection Authority, and Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller hopes to convince EPA officials at a meeting on Wednesday in Washington, Bild am Sonntag further added.