Today, In the ultimate battle of acronyms, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) filed suit against Volkswagen Audi Group (VAG) for violations of the Clean Air Act relating to the emissions scandal revealed a few months ago.  The compliant (HERE) alleges that up to 600,000 Volkswagen and Audi vehicles were fitting with emissions cheating devices.  The civil complaint seeks unspecified civil penalties but as we reported (HERE) when this scandal first came about the federal penalties could be up to $35K per vehicle.

Per the DOJ Press release

Today’s filing of a civil complaint under Sections 204 and 205 of the Clean Air Act seeks injunctive relief and the assessment of civil penalties.  A civil complaint does not preclude the government from seeking other legal remedies.  The United States will seek to transfer its case and fully participate in the pretrial proceedings now initiated in the related multi-district litigation in the Northern District of California.  The United States’ investigation is ongoing, in close coordination with CARB.  EPA and CARB have been in active discussion with Volkswagen about potential remedies and recalls to address the noncompliance, and those discussions are ongoing.

Affected 2.0 liter diesel models and model years include:

  • Jetta (2009-2015)
  • Jetta Sportwagen (2009-2014)
  • Beetle (2013-2015)
  • Beetle Convertible (2013-2015)
  • Audi A3 (2010-2015)
  • Golf (2010-2015)
  • Golf Sportwagen (2015)
  • Passat (2012-2015)

Affected 3.0 liter diesel models and model years include:

  • Volkswagen Touareg (2009-2016)
  • Porsche Cayenne (2013-2016)
  • Audi A6 Quattro (2014-2016)
  • Audi A7 Quattro (2014-2016)
  • Audi A8 (2014 – 2016)
  • Audi A8L (2014-2016)
  • Audi Q5 (2014-2016)
  • Audi Q7 (2009-2015)
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