Volkswagen Fix for Diesel Emissions Gets Approved in Europe
1.2, 1.6, 2.0 TDI Owners Notified, Repairs to Begin in January
Volkswagen presented its procedures for its EA189 TDI engine to German officials, outlining a plan to bring the engine family into compliance with European emissions standards. Available in Europe in 1.2L, 1.6L, and 2.0L displacements, the EA189 is the center of Volkswagen’s diesel nitrogen emissions scandal, which has reared its head in the U.S. with some of the company’s 2.0L diesel I-4s.
In order to fix the defeat software within the engine management systems, the 1.2L and 2.0L TDI engines will need a software update, a fix that Volkswagen says should take less than half an hour. The 1.6L TDI will need a software update and a “flow rectifier,” a device added in front of the mass air sensor, but that repair will still only take an hour or so.
Owners of the affected vehicles will be notified immediately, and repairs will be implemented starting in January 2016. Volkswagen claims that the updates will bring the TDI engine into compliance with European NOx emissions without inhibiting the vehicle’s performance or fuel consumption. Volkswagen will also provide owners with free alternative transportation (if needed) while their cars are being repaired.
There’s no word as to when or how Volkswagen will repair TDIs bound for areas outside Europe, including those in North America. Until then, however, VW promises that the vehicles are still technically safe and ready to drive and can be used until they’re repaired.
Source: Volkswagen Group