Early June, the VW Group has been given permission by Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) to recall and fix in excess of 800,000 cars using the EA189 2.0-liter turbodiesel.
Now the company has also been granted permission to do the same for 460,000 units using the smaller EA189 1.2-liter unit, with all cars expected to receive a software update. The unit is deployed inside cars such as the VW Polo, Skoda Fabia & Roomster, and SEAT Ibiza. The company is now in the process of informing owners of affected cars of the possibility to bring in the 1.2 TDI-powered cars for a software update that eliminates the emissions problem without affecting fuel consumption or noise and also without impacting performance. The cars of course have no issue being driven on a daily basis and the update comes free of charge.
The initial recall for the three-cylinder 1.2 TDI engines was expected as early as the second quarter of the year, but it was delayed to allow Volkswagen to focus on the bigger models with the 2.0-liter TDI in place. In the end, the Volkswagen Group will need to repair at least 8.5 million TDI autos in Europe, which is of course a time-consuming and expensive process for the German automotive behemoth.