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VW floats catalytic converter as fix for fibbing diesels

When 'turn it off and turn it back on again' won't do

Volkswagen has bowed to the inevitable and proposed fitting catalytic converters to some US vehicles affected by its emissions-test-cheating engine management software scandal.

The idea was raised over the weekend by German daily Bild am Sonntag.

The fix won't cover the whole fleet, but would clean up the 430,000 cars that use its EA 189 diesel engine, Reuters says in its summary of the German report.

Any fix still needs sign-off from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which last week released its legal hounds onto the auto giant.

If the EPA okayed the fix, VW would still need to work out what to do with the smaller number of 3.0 litre engines (in Audis and Porsche Cayennes) that used a different software cheat to mask their emissions. ®

Bootnote: Take a bow, anonymous El Reg reader from September 2015, who predicted that catalytic converters will be needed.

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