2011 VW Amarok Ute. Photo via Wikipedia

2011 VW Amarok Ute. Photo via Wikipedia

Volkswagen Group Australia has implemented the voluntary recall program to correct the vehicles affected by emissions issues. The program in Australia will begin with a recall of 8,694 Amarok utes to have their diesel engine emissions-test cheat software removed
Amarok Customers who were affected were notified on Feb. 29, 2016, via e-mail and letter.

The software upgrade will be performed by a VW dealer technician at no cost to the customer. It is expected that the update will take under one-half-hour to complete.

Volkswagen Group Australia assured customers that the implementation of the update will not lead to a deterioration of the fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, engine performance, torque and vehicle acoustics and all vehicle values related to type approval remain unchanged; and continue to outperform the minimum emissions requirements of both Euro 4 and Euro 5 standards.

The models affected were 1.6L or 2.0L four-cylinder TDI VW models manufactured between 2008 and 2015. In addition to Amarok models, other models affected were: Passat, Jetta, Polo, Golf, Tiguan, Caddy, and Eos models with the 2.0-litre EA189. Owners with the 1.6L diesel engines will be contacted later this year in a separate recall, according to the company.