Volkswagen has to rethink its software update for some 2.0-litre diesels affected by the emissions scandal in Germany, as the fix failed to work.
Lately, there have been some reports suggesting that Volkswagen’s fix for the 2.0-litre diesel vehicles fitted with the cheating device is not complying with emissions regulations in Germany, thus delaying the recall plan. And now the confirmation has come from a spokesman for the company, revealing that checks made by the German Federal Motor Transport Authority showed that fuel consumption of some diesels increased after the software update. Therefore, the automaker has to delay the recall of around 160,000 models in Germany, and consequently in Europe, as only after the German authorities give their green light, the fix can be implemented throughout the European Union.
“We have to go back to work on the software again,” he said, adding 160,000 Passat and Skoda Superb cars were affected by the glitch. The only good news is the recall of 90,000 A4, A5, Q5 and Seat Exeo models powered by the 2.0-litre engines had started, the spokesman said.
Volkswagen’s emissions trick affects 8.5 million cars in Europe, from which 2.5 million are in Germany. As for the other affected engines, the technical measures for the 1.2-litre engines have been scheduled for the end of the second quarter, while from the third quarter of 2016, concluding the recall, the fix will be applied to the over-polluting vehicles with 1.6-litre engines.