Volkswagen is going to recall 2.46 million cars fitted with the defeat device that tricks the emissions controls in Germany, newspaper Die Welt reported.
Without revealing its source, the German newspaper Die Welt reported that 1.54 million German Volkswagen-branded cars needed to be fixed, as well as 531,813 vehicles from the Audi brand, another 286,970 from Skoda and 104,197 from Seat. But this would only be a small amount out of the total cars affected by the cheating scandal, as there are still about 8.5 million cars which need to be fixed in Europe, and 11 million cars globally that have been fitted with the illegal software. Volkswagen has estimated that the financial repercussions of its deceiving actions will be around 6.7 billion euros for covering the costs of the diesel recalls and another 2 billion euros in compensation payments related to its manipulations emissions levels. But analysts have some really bad news for the automaker, as they predicted the costs of fines, lawsuits and vehicle refits caused by the rigging of diesel emissions tests could top 40 billion euros.
German automotive regulator, the Federal Motor Transport Authority, has already approved a software update for 2.0-litre engines and it is also expected to agree with a fix for the 1.6-litre units. Moreover, the Volkswagen Group has disclosed the specific technical measures for the 1.6 and 2.0 litres EA 189 affected diesel engines. After implementation of the technical measures, the vehicles will comply with the applicable emissions standards, Volkswagen stated. The final technical fix for the 1.2-litre diesel engine should have already been presented to the German regulators at the end of November and it is expected to comprise a software update. The company has said the aim is to implement the required technical update in the first vehicles during a recall from January 2016.