The German regulators have given Volkswagen the green light to mend around 1.1 million diesels affected by the emissions cheating scandal.
Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority finally approved last week Volkswagen’s technical solution for 800, 000 over polluting cars powered by the 2.0 diesel engine, out of the 8.5 million vehicles affected by the emissions scandal in Europe. And this week, the automaker said it has been also granted with the “ok” for further 1.1 million cars of VW’s core brand, its commercial vehicles and some Audi premium units, all fitted with the EA 189 2.0-litre TDI units. Among the models that will soon have to go back to dealers there are Tiguan SUV, Caddy van, A4, A5, A6 and Q5 models. The German regulators have approved fixes for more than 2.5 million of the Group’s cars so far, a software modification that KBA says will not alter fuel consumption levels, performance figures or noise emissions of the affected models.
Given the fact that the green light for the 2.0-litre diesels has been granted just now, the launch of the recall campaign for the affected cars with the smaller 1.2-litre TDI EA189 units will consequently be delayed, as it was initially planned for the second quarter of the year. The final stage of the campaign implies fixes for the cars powered by the 1.6-litre diesel. If the 2.0-litre and the 1.2-litre engines only need a software update, the technical solution for the 1.6 units requires a hardware fix.