You’re about to start seeing more Volkswagen TDIs on American roads. The EPA just gave the automaker the all-clear signal to pump 67,000 2015 models back into the market. Included in that number are 12,000 vehicles that have just been hanging out at dealerships, waiting for this moment.
Of course, each of these vehicles needs to be modified first, because of the emissions cheat measures VW used on them. This includes updating the software on these TDIs. Some mechanical changes are part of the required updates, but Volkswagen and the EPA haven’t revealed exactly what those are.
If you think that’s a lot of diesel-powered Volkswagens that are being unleashed, consider this: about half a million TDIs were involved in the Dieselgate scandal. That’s plenty of other vehicles that are still sitting in limbo.
This move doesn’t meant Volkswagen is looking to get back into the diesel game. At least until the end of the 2018 model year, the company won’t be bringing any new TDIs to America.