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On January 4, 2016, the Department of Justice filed a complaint on behalf of EPA against Volkswagen (including Audi and Porsche) for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act. The complaint covers all of Volkswagen's 2.0L and 3.0L diesel vehicles sold in the United States since model year 2009.

The resulting Volkswagen consent decree states that the original emissions data provided to EPA for many MY 2009-MY 2016 diesel vehicles were inaccurate. The corrected data may cause vehicles to fall below the historic, model-year-specific SmartWay thresholds. The SmartWay designation will be maintained for these affected vehicles so as to not unduly burden vehicle owners or programs that use SmartWay for green vehicle incentives.

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Cars and trucks awarded EPA's SmartWay certification emit less greenhouse gas (GHG) and smog-forming tailpipe emissions than other vehicles.

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What is a SmartWay Vehicle?

EPA's SmartWay program certifies the top 20% lowest-emitting cars and trucks for each model year. This provides car buyers with an easy way to identify the cleanest, most efficient vehicles. The very best of these vehicles earn the SmartWay Elite certification.

How does a vehicle get SmartWay certified?

EPA rates vehicles for GHG and smog-forming emissions on scales of 1 (worst) to 10 (best). To earn a SmartWay designation, a vehicle must receive a combined score (GHG rating + smog rating) that is significantly better than that of the average vehicle. SmartWay Elite is given to those vehicles that attain the highest scores on both scales. EPA updates the GHG and smog rating thresholds for each model year.

Visit EPA's SmartWay page for more information, including certification criteria for each model year.

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