The German regulators are close to approving Volkswagen’s solutions for three diesel engines affected by the illegal software scandal.
Volkswagen has submitted solutions for the three affected diesel engines to the German automotive regulator, the Federal Motor Transport Authority and the fixes have made a “positive” impression, Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt said in an e-mailed statement. This is a crucial proposal that needs to be approved by the German authorities, as around 8.5 million diesel vehicles in Europe are waiting to be recalled. “We are working as quickly as possible to clear up the manipulation and allow Volkswagen to remedy it,” Dobrindt said in the statement.
The automaker has recently disclosed the specific technical measures which it intends to apply to the 1.6 and 2.0 litres EA 189. If for the latter only a software update is needed, for the 1.6 unit the fix implies fitting a “flow transformer” directly in front of the air mass sensor. For the smaller 1.2 diesel engine, the fix is expected to comprise a software update. Volkswagen says the aim is to implement the required technical update in the first vehicles during a recall scheduled for January 2016. According to the assessment, all measures in the course of the recall, for all engine variants, will extend over the whole calendar year in 2016.
Elzbieta Bienkowska, the European commissioner for industrial policy, said that the company should treat European consumers the same as those in the US. “It cannot be like this that if the fraud is the same on both sides of the Atlantic, that European consumers are treated differently,” she told reporters in Brussels onMonday. VW has previously said there would be no financial gifts for European customers, in contrast with the 1,000-dollar bonus package offered to US owners of cars affected by the cheating scandal.