Volkswagen is currently clarifying its position with the Indian government and ARAI having presented its observations and possible solutions for the EA189 diesel engines.
The diesel scandal is making quite the impact on Volkswagen globally and the company is doing everything in its effort to control its dwindling brand image. In India too, the automaker was found guilty of manipulating emission norms based on the findings of ARAI and issued a voluntary recall recently involving 3,23,700 diesel cars. Clarifying its position on the matter, the company has presented its observations, findings and outlines of possible solutions on the EA 189 engines to the government and ARAI.
Volkswagen India has intimidated the governing body that it does not believe that any of its cars are fitted with a ‘defeat device’ and the company has also presented findings to the ARAI that cars from Volkswagen, Skoda and Audi do not violate BS IV emission norms. The automaker also stated that the EA 189 engines will get a technical update in line with the latest upgrade on the European spec versions.
The 2.0-litre diesel motor will get a software update while the 1.5-litre and 1.6-litre engines will get a new flow transformer fitted in front of the air mass sensor. Furthermore, a software update will also be performed on these engines. The company is yet to announce the upgrades that will be made to the 1.2-litre oil burner though. The initial steps towards the recall will be initiated in the first quarter of 2016 and will continue in a stepwise manner.
Meanwhile, Volkswagen will be working with the government and ARAI towards the next steps in the matter. The company is looking to come to a common conclusion with the government and stated that further meetings with the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (mORTH) will be in order. The automaker also confirmed that irrespective of the current scenario, production and sales of cars with the EA189 engine will continue.