The Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal rolls forward, with around 8.5 million diesel vehicles sold by Volkswagen over the past few years in Europe that will be recalled this week, according to reports. Considering that the German automaker actually sold more than 11 million diesel vehicles that are known to have featured the software that allows for fraudulent testing cycle performance, that interestingly means they’ll still be several million such vehicles not recalled.
The recall will be undertaken via a timeline recently approved by the country’s Federal Motor Transport Authority — it’s currently planned that “fixes” will begin in January 2016. Green Car Reports provides more:
Volkswagen says it will recall a total of 8.5 million TDI models in Europe that are equipped with the EA189 four-cylinder engine, including a confirmed 2.4 million just in Germany. Other European countries will clarify in turn exactly which EA189-equipped models within their jurisdictions are affected.
Volkswagen will contact European customers with affected cars directly, and is setting up websites so customers can check to see if their cars are being recalled.
The company is not discussing exactly how it will address the emissions issue, either in Europe or in North America, but says fixes can involve “software as well as hardware measures,” depending on the model. This week’s agreement to mount a massive recall across Europe does not include approximately 482,000 similar vehicles in the United States that have been identified as having the same emissions “defeat device” software.
The models being recalled include: all 2009-2015 model years of the diesel VW Golf, VW Beetle, VW Jetta, and the Audi A3 and A4 TDI models. In addition to pulling nearly all of its diesel offerings from its website and publicly announcing a more “electric friendly” future, VW is apparently currently considering the option of simply buying back affected vehicles in the US.
Originally published by EV Obsession.