VW says fixes for the affected diesel engines have been approved in Europe

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Volkswagen Group has released a statement in which it said the German authorities have approved the proposed fixes in Europe for the diesel engines fitted with the cheating software.

The German Federal Motor Transport Authority has approved the measures proposed by Volkswagen Group for the EA189 1.2, 1.6 and 2.0-litre engines. The fixes apply to Europe (EU-28 markets) and around 8.5 million vehicles have been affected by the cheating software in the region. “After the measures have been implemented, the vehicles will fulfil the duly applicable emissions standards, with the aim of achieving this without any impairment of engine output, fuel consumption or performance”, the automaker said in the statement. The measures for the affected EA189 diesel engines implies only a software update for the 1.2-litre and 2.0-litre engines, with just under half an hour of labor time, while the 1.6-litre engines will also get a software update and, in addition, a “flow rectifier” will be fitted right in front of the air mass sensor. The pure labor time for the fix will be under half an hour.

Volkswagen said the customers will be informed on the recalls schedule as soon as possible. The plan is that all affected vehicles will be called in several waves for the technical solutions to be implemented. The fixes on the affected 2.0-litre engines will start from the first quarter of 2016. The technical measures for the 1.2-litre engines are scheduled for the end of the second quarter of next year, while from the third quarter of 2016, concluding the recall, the solution will be applied on the affected vehicles with 1.6-litre engines. Even if these fixes were approved in Europe, it does not mean they will automatically apply to the affected cars in the US, but they might be a step forward in this direction.