As part of the ongoing
exercises being undertaken to rectify the software glitches that Volkswagen had
knowingly done to their diesel car engines, the Federal Motor Transport
Authority (KBA) in Germany has approved the technical solutions for vehicles
with the 1.2-litre EA189 TDI engine. The KBA approval applies to 460,000
vehicles of affected Group brands, including the Volkswagen Polo and SEAT Ibiza
models. The software update can now be promptly carried out on the first
vehicles of the second affected engine-size category. The owners of these
models are being successively informed and can then make an early appointment
with an authorised workshop to have the update done.
In Germany customers are being
informed in a two-stage process. In stage one, all of the owners concerned have
already been notified through a letter agreed with the KBA that their vehicle
is affected by the modification programme. In a second letter, customers then
get asked to make an appointment with a partner business of their choice. Being
sent in several tranches, this letter is now also going to owners of the
aforementioned models with 1.2-litre TDI engines, said a prss statement from
The modification for vehicles
with affected 2.0-litre TDI engines began back at the start of the year. This
is now being followed by the implementation of the technical solution for
vehicles with the smallest cubic capacity version of the affected EA189 engine
type. Technical solutions are thus now available for affected models with
2.0-litre TDI and 1.2-litre TDI engines.
Following the modification the
vehicles fulfil all statutory requirements. The KBA has also confirmed without
any restrictions that the technical solutions for these models cause no changes
to fuel consumption levels, performance data or noise emissions. The KBA had
previously already affirmed this for all other vehicles approved to date for
Volkswagen is continuing to
put every effort into implementing the technical solutions and will correct all
vehicles affected by the NOx issue. This is being done in close consultation
with the relevant authorities. The customers will incur no costs as a result of
the technical measures being carried out. As part of the recall process all
customers are also being offered an appropriate replacement means of transport
free of charge.
The affected vehicles are
technically safe and fit to drive. Between now and their modification, they can
continue to be used on the road without any restrictions. The required
technical solutions are being implemented across Europe based on a schedule and
action plan agreed with the KBA, the press statement noted.
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