Volkswagen is way behind schedule with its European recall program over the emissions scandal and it will need more time to fix all the affected cars.
Volkswagen has shyly begun in late February the extensive recall program in Europe for around 8.5 million vehicles fitted with the emissions cheating software. It has started by mending around 8, 500 rigged Amarok pickups, while the 2.0-litre Passat diesel engines should have been next in line. However, Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority has held up the recall for the mid-sized sedan as the tests made by the German Federal Motor Transport Authority showed that fuel consumption of some of the affected units increased after the software update was applied.
Following the release of VW’s financial report from this week, company’s sales head said the automaker hoped it would finally receive the green technical light from German regulators for Passat in the coming weeks. He also said that, even if only 50,000 rigged engines have been cleaned by now, most of the cars could be repaired by the end of the year, but there would be an unknown number of vehicles that would not be fixed until 2017. “We are in deep discussions with the KBA,” he said. “We are quite optimistic about getting approval in coming weeks.”
Considering the delays in the Passat models case, in April VW has started to recall Audi A4, A5, Q5 and Seat Exeo cars in Germany and, according to German reports, the next step is to undo the manipulation trick of the 2.0-liter diesel engines on Golf, Audi A3 and Audi A6 models.