ARAI has served a show cause notice to German automaker Volkswagen India for failed emission claims. The company will respond by 30th November.
The Volkswagen scandal broke out a month back and a lot of new findings have come out ever since. While a lot of vehicles from the Volkswagen family have been asked to be recalled in global markets, the company is now going to face action in India as well. The Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) had conducted tests on a varied cars from the Volkswagen Group and it has been stated that the Polo, Vento, Jetta and the Audi A4 are just some of the vehicles affected by the emissions cheating issue.
The EA189 diesel engines family includes a lot of different oil-burners which are available in Volkswagen, Skoda and Audi cars in India, spanning across a lot of segments. The ARAI noticed that the claimed emissions figures were way lower than the actual emissions that the cars were emitting in road usage. The variation in emissions is much more in bigger cars like the Jetta and A4 while the smaller Polo has a bit lesser variation.
All the diesel cars sold by the Volkswagen Group in India after the year 2009 have this emissions issue. Talking in global terms, the German automaker claimed that 11 million cars have been affected by the scandal and they would do their best to resolve the issue at the earliest. Sales of impacted models have been stopped in countries like Australia, Korea, US, Europe, Switzerland and Romania.
The ARAI has served a show cause notice to Volkswagen India and has asked the company to give an explanation regarding the variation in emissions. Volkswagen India released an official statement which states that they will fully cooperate with the Government of India and will respond to ARAI’s notice by 30th November 2015.