A fix issued by Volkswagen to repair the 2.0-litre diesel engines fitted with emissisons-cheating software has been given approval by Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority.
The software update applies to over 800,000 units of Eos, Passat and CC that are powered by the EA 189 diesel. Owners of these affected cars will be informed that a recall is underway, and offered an appointment at a nearby authorised dealer.
Jurgen Stackmann, Volkswagen Passenger Cars official, said: “The launch of the retrofit campaign for the Passat, CC and Eos models involves a large number of car that will now be recalled to the workshops.
“I am pleased that the retrofitting of over 800,000 of our customers’ cars can now begin. Our dealerships and service partners are well prepared for the campaign.”
Once the software update has been applied, all of the cars will then meet legal requirements. However, owners shouldn’t be worried as the change makes no different to fuel consumption, performance or noise.
In the wake of this announcement, the German carmaker also said that it would be delaying another recall for cars powered by the smaller-capacity 1.2-litre TDI engines. This was due to take place in the second quarter of this year, though Volkswagen has now decided to move this date further back into 2016.
Following the so-called ‘dieselgate’ crisis, Volkswagen’s profits saw a fall of 20 per cent in the first quarter of 2016. With so many affected cars, the German car maker still has many thousands left to repair.