Volkswagen AG said the US Environmental Protection Agency has approved its request to sell up to 67,000 diesel vehicles from the 2015 model year, including about 12,000 currently in dealer inventory with approved emissions modifications.
The vehicles in inventory were held when the company issued a stop sale in September 2015, Volkswagen spokeswoman Jeannine Ginivan told Reuters.
Ginivan said the company was finalizing details of the program.
The EPA approved a fix for specific Volkswagen diesel models in January. They include the 2015 Beetle, Golf, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, and Audi A3 equipped with the 2.0-liter TDI engine. The approved modifications include a software update, with plans for a particulate filter, additional catalysts, and another software update to come when those parts become available next year.
This approval only covers a small portion of the some 500,000 US vehicles affected by the diesel cheat devices.
An EPA spokeswoman declined to comment on the matter.
Reporting by David Shepardson in Washington and Bhanu Pratap in Bengaluru