“A solution is on the way”, says VW America CEO Michael Horn image

Michael Horn, CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, says the automaker will soon present a fix for the engines fitted with the illegal emission software.

Everyone is expecting a solution as soon as possible from Volkswagen, from the owners of the affected cars to the regulators of markets on which those models were sold. At a Los Angeles Auto Show press conference, Volkswagen Group of America CEO Michael Horn said that a fix for the 482,000 diesel vehicles fitted with the illegal software is soon to be presented. “I am personally hopeful that we will be able to announce something soon about the remedies that we have identified and which we are discussing with the agencies in the upcoming days,” said Horn. It should be very soon, as Friday is the deadline given by the California Air Resources Board. After the solution is presented by the automaker, it has to be approved by the Californian regulators, and also by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Three generations of 2.0-litre engines have the infamous illegal device, each requiring different repairs. For the first engine generation, which is accounting for about 325,000 vehicles, software and hardware changes are required. Only a software update is needed for around 90,000 2012-14 Passat models powered by the second-generation 2.0-liter diesel, but is yet unknown if they also require a hardware fix, Horn told the US lawmakers in the beginning of October. The easiest solution, and the least expensive one, seems to be for approximately 67,000 cars fitted with the third-generation 2.0-litre diesels. For those to meet the emissions standards, only a software update is mandatory, said Horn.

Via Automotive News