VW Group Models Lacking Dieselgate Fix Will Be Deregistered In Germany

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Dieselgate-affected VW Group models in Germany will lose their registration if their owners refuse to get the proposed fix.

Nearly two years after VW announced a giant 11-million-car recall worldwide to fix their rigged diesel engines, almost 5.5 million vehicles have been retrofitted with a software fix in Europe, including 1.8 million cars in its German home market.

There have been reports that many owners don’t want their cars to be retrofitted with the new software, fearing that the fix will make them slower and increase the fuel consumption.

According to German Focus magazine, owners of VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat models fitted with the said engines that reject the proposed fix will have their registrations revoked as early as this August, citing a letter from Germany’s KBA motor vehicle authority.

The report also says that said owners will also be forced to pay for the de-registration as well. KBA says in its letter that the affected vehicles must have their shut-off devices removed in order to restore their conformity.