The Volkswagen 3.0 litre V6 diesel engine is now under question in the United States.  Can SinterCast comment on this?

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Notice of Violation (NOV) to the Volkswagen Group on 2 November 2015.  Based on ongoing tests being conducted by the EPA and other agencies, the NOV stated that the engine control software resulted in different NOx emissions levels during testing and on-road driving.  Volkswagen issued a press release on 2 November to state: “Volkswagen wishes to emphasize that no software has been installed in the 3-litre V6 diesel power units to alter emissions characteristics in a forbidden manner.”  Independent reports published since the EPA’s 18 September NOV against the Volkswagen 2.0 litre have also shown that the emissions from the Volkswagen 3.0 litre V6 are not different from those of diesel engines manufactured by other vehicle brands.

As with the 2.0 litre diesel, the EPA claims are related to the engine control software.  SinterCast does not have any additional awareness of the control software.  The current investigations into diesel engines are not related to the cylinder block or the cylinder block material.  It is still very early in the investigation process and it is judged that we need to wait to see how the situation will be resolved.

As stated in our 22 September Ask the President, the Audi 3.0 litre V6 sales in the US account for approximately 1% of SinterCast’s current production, so any impact on Volkswagen group sales in the US will be insignificant for SinterCast.  We remain confident in the benefit of diesel engines in US pick-up trucks and SUVs and we regard this market as a continuing growth opportunity for SinterCast.