VW ready with fix

DETROIT (AP) – Volkswagen’s plan to fix most of its 2-liter diesel engines that cheat on emissions tests includes a computer software update and a larger catalytic converter to trap harmful nitrogen oxide, and it may not hurt mileage or performance, according to dealers who were briefed by executives on the matter.

Limited details of the plan were made public last week at a regional dealer meeting in Newark, New Jersey, by Volkswagen of America Chief Operating Officer Mark McNabb, said two dealers who asked not to be identified because the plan hasn’t been made public.

One dealer said the group was told early testing of a small sample of repaired cars showed the fix made “no discernable difference” in mileage, horsepower or torque. Both dealers said they were told more testing was needed and plans still had to be approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board.

If the fixes don’t hurt performance and mileage, that could be a big boost for Volkswagen, which last month agreed to spend up to $15.3 billion to settle consumer lawsuits and government allegations that its diesels cheated on U.S. emissions tests.