The Government of India has hauled up Volkswagen Group
India for the EA 189 engines scandal which recently rocked the American and
European markets. On December 1, 2015 the company announced the recall of
3,23,700 diesel cars in India. This is one of the largest recalls by an OEM in
India. The recall will affect cars from Volkswagen, Skoda and Audi. Based on
initial findings the government has indicated that the cars with EA 189 engines
in India have been fitted with the defeat device. The cars affected are the
ones fitted with the 1.2L, 1.5L, 1.6L and 2.0L engines.
On December 3, 2015 Volkswagen Group India issued a
statement to the press which indicated that they have presented their observations,
findings and solutions for the EA 189 engines to the Government of India and
ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India). Furthermore the statement
indicated that the company did not believe that its cars are equipped with a
‘defeat device’. The statement also read that the after conducting tests in the
presence of ARAI the cars under the brand names of Volkswagen, SKODA and Audi
are not violating the Bharat Stage IV (BS IV) emission norms.
In order to come to a common conclusion on this subject
further meetings will be held with the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
In the statement issued to the press the company has also indicated that the
recall for all cars with the EA189 engines is a voluntary move to bring them in
line with the latest technical updates announced by Volkswagen AG for the
European market. Volkswagen Group India has presented a time line to
authorities in which it will implement technical updates to the affected
vehicles. The 2.0L engine will get a software update while the 1.5L and 1.6L
engines will be fitted with a flow transformer in front of the air mass sensor
and get a software update as well. The company is yet to announce the measures
to be taken for the 1.2L engines.
The company has stated that it expects the first
solutions to be implemented from the first quarter of 2016 and will conduct the
operation in a phased manner. The customers affected will be informed directly
by the respective brands and will not be charged for any technical measures
being implemented. Furthermore the company has claimed it will continue to
production and sale of cars with the EA 189 engines in India and will not
deviate from its future plans, investments and launches in the country.
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