According to the latest rumor, Volkswagen has told European authorities it will be able to finish the Dieselgate-related recall of its vehicles throughout the Old Continent by fall 2017.
Just around 10 percent of the affected autos have been repaired so far, and it appears European Union Consumer Commissioner Vera Jourova had a meeting with W board member Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz this week to reassess what the German automaker is doing for consumers affected by the Dieselgate scandal. “Volkswagen committed to an EU-wide action plan today, which is an important step towards a fair treatment of consumers,” commented in a statement Jourova after a deal was agreed upon. The EU executive added she “will closely monitor this commitment and continue to work with consumer organizations, authorities and Volkswagen.”
The German automaker started the safety campaign to fix the vehicles affected by the emissions cheating early this year, but it recently emerged that just 10 percent of the “defeat device” cars have been repaired so far. The VW Group counts on 8.5 million vehicles affected in Europe alone, with about 5.5 million – using the 1.2-liter and 2.0-liter versions of the EA189 turbo diesel engine at the center of the scandal, actually just needing a software update. The 1.6-liter EA189 motor meanwhile needs a mesh to be installed near the air filter.