Volkswagen Announces Technical Fixes for EA189 1.6 and 2.0-litre diesel engines to bring them on course with the emission standards
Volkswagen Group explained the technical modifications that will be made to bring two of its EA189 diesel engines, incorporated with the emission violating software, in line with current legal standards.
The 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre diesel engines with technical fixes have been handed over to the KBA authority in Germany to be sanctioned before finding their ways to owners. Volkswagen says these mending measures will fix emissions on most of the vehicles affected by the ongoing emissions scandal.
The German manufacturer employs a new flow transformer to calm air flow around the air mass sensor will be fitted. The sensor calculates air mass and helps to regulate the internal combustion cycle. Additionally, a software update will be applied to considerably bring down the emissions produced by the vehicle. The total duration for all these fixes will consume only less than two hours on the EA189 1.6-litre diesel engine.
The EA189 2.0-litre diesel engines will only receive a software update which should take less than half an hour to bring the emissions in compliance with federal standards.
Volkswagen’s statement read, “after implementation of the technical measures, the vehicles will comply with the applicable emissions standards.”
Eligible customers of nearly 500,000 owning VW and Audi models powered by 2.0-litre TDI diesel engines can apply to receive a $500 prepaid Visa card and $500 dealership card and free roadside assistance services for three years.
Half of the gift cards are to be spent at Audi and Volkswagen dealerships. The scandal surfaced in September when VW admitted it had manipulated U.S. tests for NO2 emissions. EPA(Environmental Protection Agency) issued a second notice of violation against the German automaker with additional vehicles from Audi and Porsche in primary focus on November 3rd.
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It opened up a new chapter in the investigation of Volkswagen’s deceitful practice. The newest findings by environmental regulators confirmed the presence of emission-cheating software on the new 2015 Porsche Cayenne and the to-be-launched 2016 Audi A6 Quattro, A7 Quattro, A8, A8L, and Q5.
Earlier this month, VW admitted that its 3.0-litre diesel engines are also affected by the widening emissions scandal, potentially affecting another 85,000 vehicles. It also includes the 2014 Volkswagen Touareg 3.0-litre diesel SUV. Pollution rates were 10 to 40 times higher than what was permitted whilst the NOx emissions were up to nine times of EPA’s federal standard, points out the report.
Over 11 million vehicles worldwide are affected by the scandal and, of which, only 5 million are from Volkswagen brand. Audi revealed that 2.1 million of its vehicles are affected worldwide whilst Skoda said 1.2 million cars from its stable are involved in the scandal.