Volkswagen has said the German regulators finally approved the company’s technical solution for 800,000 over polluting cars powered by the 2.0 diesel engine.
Four months since the recall program has started in Europe, Volkswagen has managed to fix only around 50,000 cars affected by the diesel scandal, still a long away from the 8.5 million vehicles fitted with the emissions cheating software in the region. The main reasons behind such delays have been the concerns raised by Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority over the technical solutions proposed by the automaker, as regulators have been checking whether the changes affect CO2 emissions and fuel consumption.
But VW announced that KBA finally approved the fixes for the Passat, CC and Eos models powered by the 2.0-litre TDI EA 189 engines – 81 kW, 100 kW and 103 kW – and over 800,000 affected vehicles are going to be recalled as soon as possible. “The KBA has also confirmed unequivocally that the technical solutions for these models will not result in any changes to the fuel consumption, performance or noise emissions of the vehicles concerned,” the company said in a statement.
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 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. Volkswagen also expects to receive approval for the technical solutions for other high-volume models with the affected 2.0-litre diesels “in the near future.”