The automaker says it found a fix for the 1.6-litre diesel engines fitted with the cheating software, but it has to wait for the Federal Motor Transportation Authority’s approval in Germany.
Volkswagen has finally come up with a technical solution to fix about 540,000 of the Group’s cars in Germany, models that are powered by the affected 1.6-litre diesel engines, a spokesman for the country’s Federal Motor Transportation Authority (KBA) said. The solution was presented to transport ministry officials at VW’s headquarters in Wolfsburg on Monday, the spokesman said. KBA is now investigating to see if the fix found by Volkswagen is proper for approval. The conclusions that will be drawn by Transportation Authority will be of major importance, as other European countries are likely to adopt a similar solution for VW cars affected by the cheating software. The automaker must be prepared to recall for changing parts about 3.6 million cars in Europe, German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt said a month ago.
But even if the solution is approved by the KBA, it will take about one year before the cars can be serviceable, as will take time for manufactures to supply the necessary parts. Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller has indicated that certain components such as the engine’s injection nozzle would need to be replaced and a larger catalytic converter installed. A VW spokesman said the company has found a fix for all the engine models involved in the scandal, except for the 1.2-litre version, which should come soon and it will be a software fix. 11 million cars may be globally affected by the “bypass” device, with engine sizes from 1.2-litres to 2.0 litres.
Via Automotive News Europe