The Volkswagen Group has told the European Commission that it will fix all of its emissions-cheating diesel vehicles in Europe by late 2017.
During a meeting with consumer Commissioner Vera Jourova, Automotive News reports that VW board member Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz also outlined the automaker’s plan to notify all affected owners before the end of the year.
Approximately 8.5 million vehicles in Europe were installed with software that could cheat emissions testing. So far, fewer than 10 per cent of those vehicles have been repaired, leaving the Germany company just over 12 months to repair the rest.
To bring the engines into line with European emissions standards, the software on the cheating 1.2-liter and 2.0-liter engines needs to be updated. Meanwhile, the 1.6-liter models will be installed with a piece of mesh in front of the air mass sensor.
In a statement, Jourova said “Volkswagen committed to an EU-wide action plan today, which is an important step towards a fair treatment of consumers.”
While European customers will have their vehicles repaired shortly, the company isn’t offering compensation packages as they have for consumers in the United States in a settlement with the U.S. government worth $15 billion.