Volkswagen said that it has started to recall Audi and Seat diesels in Germany to bring their emissions levels within the regulatory framework.
The German Group confirmed to Automotive News Europe that it has started a new recall wave that targets 90,000 Audi A4, A5, Q5 and Seat Exeo cars in Germany, all models being powered by the 2.0-litre diesel engines and fitted with the blamed cheating emissions device. However, so far Volkswagen has failed in finding a proper fix for all the larger EA189 diesels, as tests made by the German Federal Motor Transport Authority showed that fuel consumption of some of the affected units increased after the software update was applied. Therefore, the recall for 160,000 Passat and Skoda Superb cars has been put on hold until the automaker solves that glitch.
From the start of the year, when Volkswagen announced the local launch of the callbacks, only 8,500 Amarok pickups were brought within the emissions regulatory laws. According to German reports, the next step is to undo the manipulation trick of the 2.0-liter diesel engines on Golf, Audi A3 and Audi A6 models.
There are 8.5 million affected cars in the region, from which 2.5 million are in Germany, and Volkswagen said it still had on schedule to complete all of the European recalls this year, involving 13 separate waves. After performing multiple tests on local makers and foreign auto brands as well, the German regulators recently concluded that only Volkswagen cheated on the emissions test.