Volkswagen may install diesel filters for gas-powered cars

VW is looking to better meet stricter particulate-matter limits in Europe.

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Volkswagen may start installing particle filters it uses for its diesel cars in its gas-powered vehicles starting next year, Automotive News says, citing an announcement Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller said at the company's annual meeting in Germany this week. Europe's largest automaker, which has been reeling from the diesel-emissions scandal that broke last September, is looking to meet stricter European particulate-matter emissions limits that kick in next year. Mercedes-Benz is enacting a similar initiative with some of its vehicles.

The filters will be used in direct-injection turbocharged engines. Those engines can create more emissions than older, port-injection engines because the newer engines give less time for gasoline to mix with the air in the engine's combustion chamber. The Volkswagen Tiguan SUV's 1.4-liter engine and the Audi A5 2.0-liter engine will be among the first to receive the filters next June. In September, the European Union will start enacting particulate-matter emissions limits that will be one-tenth the current levels.

Volkswagen is making the announcement as it continues to address its diesel-emissions scandal, in which the automaker installed software in its vehicles that let them "cheat" the emissions testing process. VW has sold about a half-million vehicles in the US which contain that software.

And VW may be on the verge of submitting a solution to address that issue with US regulators. Per a recent Bloomberg News report, Volkswagen next week may submit a plan to pay owners of VW's diesel vehicles in the US as much as $7,000 each (and as little as $1,000) for their troubles, in addition to funding a pollution-offset fund. The whole plan may cost VW about $10 billion.

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