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VW Outlines European Engine Fix to German Authorities

December 01, 2015

The Volkswagen Group has presented specific technical measures for the EA 189 engines affected with a displacement of 1.6L and 2.0L to the German Federal Motor Transport Authority. This means that correction measures have been fixed for the majority of the vehicles affected in Europe.

After implementation of the technical measures, the vehicles will comply with the applicable emissions standards. The final technical solution for the 1.2L diesel engine are also being presented to the Federal Motor Transport Authority and is expected to comprise a software update, according to the automaker.

The technical measures developed for the EA 189 diesel engines affected have been presented to the Federal Motor Transport Authority. Following an intensive examination, these measures have been ratified by the Federal Motor Transport Authority. This means that there is now clarity regarding the correction of the irregularities for the majority of vehicles, according to Volkswagen.

A “flow transformer” will be fitted directly in front of the air mass sensor on the 1.6L EA 189 engine. This is a mesh that calms the swirled air flow in front of the air mass sensor and will thus decisively improve the measuring accuracy of the air mass sensor. The air mass sensor determines the current air mass throughput, which is an important parameter for the engine management for an optimum combustion process. In addition, a software update will be performed on this engine. The time needed for the implementation of the technical measures is expected to be less than one hour, according to the automaker.
The 2.0Lengines will get a software update. The pure labor time for this measure will be around half an hour, according to the automaker.

The objective for the development of the technical measures is still to achieve the applicable emission targets in each case without any adverse effects on the engine output, fuel consumption and performance. However, as all model variants first have to be measured, the achievement of these targets cannot yet be finally confirmed, according to Volkswagen.

Based on these technical measures accepted by the Federal Motor Transport Authority, the necessary service concepts are currently being developed for the applicable EU28 markets. The aim is to implement the required technical update in the first vehicles during a recall from January 2016. According to the current assessment, all measures in the course of the recall for all engine variants will extend over the whole calendar year 2016, according to the automaker.

Volkswagen said it will ensure that the time needed to implement the technical measures is as short as possible for all customers. In addition, Volkswagen will contact all customers and endeavor to consider individual customer needs during the implementation of these measures to avoid any disadvantages for the customer such as possible curbing of their mobility. In connection with this, the Volkswagen brand will thus ensure that all customers are offered appropriate replacement mobility options free of charge.

For example, since the beginning of October, all Volkswagen customers have been able to check for themselves whether their vehicle is affected by the diesel issue. At www.volkswagen.de/info every customer can enter their vehicle identification number to obtain clear information.

With these defined measures, technical solutions are already available for the majority of all Group models affected in Europe with EA 189 engines. Corresponding measures will be presented to the Federal Motor Transport Authority for the 1.2L three-cylinder diesel engine as well.

Based on the approach of the Volkswagen brand, the Group’s other brands – Audi, SEAT, ŠKODA, and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles – are also planning corresponding measures for their affected vehicles.

In addition, until December 31, 2016, Volkswagen AG is expressly forgoing the right to plea on the grounds of statutes of limitations in respect of any warranty or guarantee claims due to the software installed in vehicles with EA 189 engines, as long as the rights to make any such claims have not already expired. Volkswagen said its customers will not be disadvantaged by any waiting.

The vehicles remain technically safe and can therefore be driven on public roads without any limitation, according to Volkswagen.

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