German regulators have approved the solution submitted by Volkswagen for the 2.0-litre diesel engines. A fix for 1.6-litre units is following.
If for the US market the EPA is still analyzing the solution proposed by Volkswagen for the affected 2.0-litre engines, the German automotive regulator Federal Motor Transport Authority has approved a software update for 2.0-litre engines and it is also expected to agree with a fix for the 1.6-litre units. Confirmation came from Chief Executive Officer Matthias Mueller to company executives, in a meeting on Monday in Wolfsburg. When the news emerged, company’s shares rose 2.5 percent, but still Volkswagen is 16.6 billion euros down in market value since the beginning of the scandal.
The fix approved in Europe does not mean that it will automatically apply to the affected cars in the US, but it might be a step forward in this direction. Volkswagen will have to be prepared to recall around 8.5 million European cars. It remains for the German automaker to find a fix for the 1.2-litre diesel engine, a solution that has the deadline at the end of the month and which would probably consist only in software update. The fix for the 1.6-litre engine is also less complex than it was initially expected, according to Mueller. This diesel unit will need simple changes to the air-filter system and also a software update. “Our assumption that substantive changes to the motor would be necessary have not come true,” the CEO said.