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Volkswagen Group India clarifies, on recalling 3,23,700 cars

Snapshot: Volkswagen Group India wants to clarify its position, the outcome and the way forward on the EA 189 diesel engine topic after its meetings with the Government of India and ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India).

Volkswagen Group India presented its observation and outlines of possible solutions on the EA 189 engines to the Government of India and ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India). The brand has also intimated why it believes that its cars are not equipped with a ‘defeat device’. Moreover, the findings from the evaluations undertaken by Volkswagen Group India under the observation of ARAI shows that the tested cars of the brands Volkswagen, SKODA and Audi are not violating the Bharat Stage IV (BS IV) emission norms in India and to come to a conclusion on this topic, further meetings with Ministry of Road Transport and Highways will take place.

Volkswagen AG has announced the latest technical updates that are to be implemented on the EA 189 diesel engines for the European market, the brand has already announced a voluntary recall of all cars with EA 189 engines in India. Volkswagen Group India will implement technical updates in accordance with the timelines presented to the authorities. The 2.0-litre engines will get a software update, whereas the 1.5-litre and 1.6-litre engines, a ‘flow transformer’ will be fitted in front of the air mass sensor, and in addition, a software update will also be performed on these engines. The measure for the 1.2-litre engines will be announced shortly.

Volkswagen Group India will implement technical updates in accordance with the timelines presented to the authorities. The first solutions are expected to be implemented from the first quarter of 2016 and will be continued in a step-wise manner. All the customers will be informed directly by the respective brands. The software updates do not affect the handling, technical safety or the roadworthiness of the car. These necessary technical measures will be free of cost to the customers and will be implemented as soon as they are available.

Volkswagen Group India remains fully committed to the Indian market and will not deviate from its future plans, investments and launches.

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