Now that the diesel emissions
scam has hit Volkswagen hard on its face, the company is announcing its action
plan to correct the emissions characteristics of diesel vehicles. The company
had apparently used an improper software to tweak the emissions in diesel cars,
affecting cars in the US and other markets around the world. More than 11
million diesel powered cars built during the period 2008 to 2015 by Volkswagen
and its group companies like Audi and Skoda have been affected. The company
faces a penalty of around US 18 billion for this irregularity.
The Volkswagen group has already set
aside US $ 7.2 billion for recalls and subsequent corrections.
Volkswagen has said that in a
first step, the customers affected will be informed that the emissions
characteristics of their vehicles will be corrected in the near future. All
vehicles are technically safe and roadworthy.
Under the action plan,
Volkswagen and the other Group brands whose vehicles are affected will present
the technical solutions and measures to the responsible authorities in October.
Customers with these vehicles will be kept informed over the coming weeks and
months. All of the Group brands affected will set up national websites to
update customers on developments.
“An internal evaluation on
Friday (September 25, 2015) established that a service procedure is required
for some five million vehicles from the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand out of
a total eleven million Group vehicles worldwide. These vehicles from certain
models and model years (such as the sixth generation Volkswagen Golf, the
seventh generation Volkswagen Passat or the first generation Volkswagen Tiguan)
are fitted with Type EA 189 diesel engines,” the statement from Volkswagen read.
Volkswagen / Motown India
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