VW Making Slow Progress On Fixing Rigged Diesels In Europe

VW has currently fixed less than 10% of their diesel cars in Europe equipped with the illegal engine software.

The German automaker made this statement in its in-house journal published on Monday, as “Ten percent of this [number] have been retrofitted with good results,” said Manfred Bort, VW manager in charge of the EU diesel recall.

As reported by Autonews, the fixes approved by Germany’s KBA motor vehicle authority should resolve the issue in about 5.1 million vehicles in total. Out of the 11 million affected vehicles on a global scale, roughly 8.5 million reside in Europe.

As for the fix itself, while models fitted with 1.2-liter and 2.0-liter TDI engines only require a software update for their pollution control system, about 3 million 1.6-liter TDI units also need a mesh to be installed near the air filter.

According to Bort, VW is still developing and testing software variants to fix all the cars and is hoping to secure the KBA’s approval on the new solutions by November.

“We want to inform all affected customers in Germany by the end of the year that the technical solution is available,” added the VW exec.

The automaker has also stated that while most of those 8.5 million affected cars in Europe can be fixed this year, a certain number will still have to wait until 2017.


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