Volkswagen begins 'dieselgate' fix for TDI engines in Europe

Volkswagen begins 'dieselgate' fix for TDI engines in Europe image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Volkswagen | posted February 08, 2016 10:46

Volkswagen starts recalling affected Amarok TDI models in Europe

The embattled automaker has officially begun taking its first step in resolving the ‘Dieselgate’ scandal. According to Volkswagen, they have already implemented the technical measures they presented to the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) last December 2015 in Europe.

“The start of the recall is taking us to a great step forward. Our customers are getting a good technical solution for their car and can also rely on quick implementation of the modification,” said Dr. Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management Volkswagen Passenger Cars Brand.

Upon agreement, the company has started recalling TDI models of the Amarok pickup at the end of January. Volkswagen will be installing a new engine control software that will allow the engine to meet Euro5 emission standard. The company claimed that this will ensure that the affected motor will yield real-world results in terms of fuel economy, C02 emission and noise.

The Volkswagen Amarok pickup

In the future, there will also be a software update for smaller displacement motors such as the 1.2-, 1.6-liter engines. The latter however will also have to be installed with a flow rectifier that will be placed at the intake duct.

Modifications to be done on the 1.2-liter motor will take place on the end of the second quarter of 2016, while the 1.6-liter motor will get its fix on the third quarter of 2016.

Last September 2015, Volkswagen confirmed that approximately 11 million engines worldwide have the emissions cheating device. Its other brands like Audi, Porsche, SEAT and Skoda also carry the defeat device.

Volkswagen Philippines, on the other hand, have already confirmed that all of its models sold in the country do not have the "cheating" device installed.