Volkswagen Group’s diesel recall is being delayed in Germany because the automaker’s fix for affected engines results in higher fuel consumption, Automotive News reports.

All the fingers are now pointed towards Volkswagen’s US predicament, where the German automaker still has not struck an agreement with the regulators on how to fix around 600,000 over-polluting cars. However, on the European diesel front, the situation is not far better. In late January, Volkswagen received the final approval from the German authorities for the first stage of its European recall plan, targeting a small number of Amarok pickups, a tiny step towards mending 8.5 million cars on the continent fitted with the cheating device.

The 2.0-litre Passat engines should have been next in line, but the second stage has been halted, as German media reports this is related to a rise in fuel consumption following changes to the Passat’s engine software. A VW spokesman confirmed the delay to the Automotive News, saying the Federal Motor Transport Authority were still checking whether the change affects CO2 emissions and fuel consumption. “We have to guarantee that noise and especially CO2 emissions are exactly the same as before the fix,” he told Automotive News Europe.

The next recall will involve the Passat and 90,000 Audi A4, A5 and Skoda Superb, the spokesman added, for Seat models to follow later. After the German authorities give their green light, the fix will be also implemented throughout the European Union, as Volkswagen plans to conduct 13 separate recalls this year, according to the spokesman.

Via Automotive News


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