KBA approves VW 1.6 TDI fix – the company says the trick is legal image

Volkswagen will be recalling a huge chunk of its fleet in Europe due to the incredible stupidity behind the Dieslegate scandal – after receiving official approval from the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) in Germany.

It’s incredible how a huge company has the audacity to throw a spin (legally speaking) to an incredible cheat – the Dieselgate scandal. They will have to service a total of 2.6 million European cars equipped with the turbodiesel four-cylinder, 1.6-liter TDI engine from the now infamous EA 189 series, found in a wide range of models from VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat. Engineers will apply a “software update” and owners will also see their cars going through a raft of hardware upgrades with a “flow conditioner” affixed to the air mass meter.

The software and hardware modifications allows the models with the 1.6-liter TDI to become compliant with all statutory requirements and emissions standards. More importantly, the company has decided not to offer compensations to European buyers, nor buy back any cars from disgruntled owners as it does in the United States. More so, VW claims its diesel issues do not actually violate European laws, so from a technical perspective they did nothing wrong. Morally speaking – this is a shameful deceit and they could have at least apologized more than they did at the start of the scandal.