Europe: German regulators now canvassing VW’s diesel fix strategy

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On Wednesday Volkswagen Ag, Europe’s largest automaker, upheld the deadline given by German authorities and delivered its plan to fix the diesel engines at the heart of a major emissions cheating scandal. Germany’s transport minister announced the authorities will need a period of time to examine the recall strategy and decide if they want additional modifications to the process. “My expectation is that the KBA (Federal Motor Transport Authority) will analyze this report rapidly and comprehensively, and submit possible questions to Volkswagen,” commented Alexander Dobrindt. “It is important for us that we move very quickly toward a result, a final assessment of the technical issues.” The German official added the company specified in the analysis that 2.0, 1.6 and 1.2 liter Euro-5 diesel engines would be subjected to the recall campaign. All the affected engines will have their software upgraded and the recall would start next year, but the 1.6-litre category could also need hardware modifications that would become possible no sooner than September 2016. Last month the US Environmental Protection Agency accused Germany’s VW AG of cheating on diesel emissions testing, with the company subsequently admitting to the ploy and also announcing the real number of cars fitted with the illegal software was much higher than the one in the US – 11 million vehicles around the world. Now the German carmaker faces the biggest crisis in its 78-year history and has lost around a third of its market value as well as long running chief executive officer Martin Winterkorn, replaced with the former head of the Porsche sports car manufacturer, Matthias Mueller. Via Reuters