Besides the fact that Volkswagen has not yet received the approval from the German regulators to fix about 150,000 rigged Passat models, the fix for the Golf is also under question.
Five months have passed since Volkswagen announced it started the recall plan for mending about 8.5 million over-polluting models in Europe, and until now only 8,500 Amarok pickups were brought within the emissions regulatory laws. Even if the automaker recently confirmed that it has started a new recall wave that targets 90,000 Audi A4, A5, Q5 and Seat Exeo cars in Germany, it still has no approval from the Federal Motor Transport Authority for around 160,000 Passat and Skoda Superb cars.
“Neither the regulator nor us is happy with the result” of the fix for VW’s best-selling sedan, Juergen Stackmann, the brand’s sales chief, said in an interview at the Beijing motor show. “We’re working on a new solution to the Passat. We’ll start with the Golf in Europe. It’s not a race for time,” he added. However, Bloomberg reports the company also does not have the final green light to start mending the popular hatchback, thus another delay setting back an already sluggish recall pace.
Volkswagen managed to at least reach a provisional agreement with the US authorities over around 480,000 affected cars powered by the 2.0-litre diesel engines, while it said that it set aside 16.2 billion euros (18.2 billion dollars) to help pay for its global cheating scheme.