German regulators will conduct new emissions tests of Volkswagen diesel cars once the company has fixed the affected vehicles, according to a German newspaper.
Volkswagen diesel cars will go through a second set of emissions tests once the automaker has installed the fixes for the affected engines, the German daily newspaper Die Welt recently reported. For the transparency of the entire process, the tests results including raw data will be published, the spokesman for Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt said. He also stated that all current models sold under the VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat brands – with both diesel and petrol engines – would be tested for carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide emissions. In the medium term, German authorities want to prevent cheating in car approval procedures by agreeing joint rules and methods in Europe. “We will work towards a standardization in Brussels,” an official at the transport ministry told Die Welt. Europe’s biggest motor manufacturer said last week only a few employees were responsible for the cheating US diesel emissions tests and there was no indication board members were involved.
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, Dobrindt said two weeks ago 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 added at that time.