The VW group gained approval to initiate the European recall of their rigged diesel models by Germany’s Federal Transport Authority (KBA).
This will be the first stage of a worldwide recall that involves no less than 11 million cars from VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat brands. VW proposed a series of fixes for the affected 8.5 million models in Europe, which gave them a preliminary approval by the KBA in December.
According to AutoNews, the first model to be recalled will be the Amarok pickup truck with the 2.0-litre TDI engine with KBA still examining the VW’s proposal for the other models affected by the Dieselgate.
The next model to be recalled will be most likely the Passat with also the 2.0-litre TDI engine at the end of February or early March. Volkswagen claims that the fix for the Amarok pickup truck will not affect the engine output or the fuel economy in any way.
Unlike in the US, where owners of the affected models will receive financial compensation, EU customers are not going to be offered any money. VW will just give them free transport to and from the repair shop.