Volkswagen has released some details on how it plans to fix 11 million diesel cars that have software meant to cheat emissions tests, though the announcement is still light on details.
The first step, according to Volkswagen, will be contacting all of the affected customers, followed by the announcement of technical solutions and measures to fix the problem, which will be presented to the proper authorities in October. “Customers with these vehicles will be kept informed over the coming weeks and months. All of the Group brands affected will set up national websites to update customers on developments,” reads the statement.
Volkswagen says “an internal evaluation on Friday established that a service procedure is required for some five million vehicles from the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand out of a total 11 million Group vehicles worldwide.” That indicates that five million VW-branded cars, which is the total population of VW-badged vehicles involved, will need a “service procedure,” details on which are still unknown. Exactly what action will be taken with the remaining six million vehicles was not divulged by VW.
“These vehicles from certain models and model years (such as the sixth-generation Volkswagen Golf, the seventh generation Volkswagen Passat or the first generation Volkswagen Tiguan) are fitted with Type EA 189 diesel engines,” said Volkswagen, outlining some of the vehicles that will need the procedure.
“We are working at full speed on a technical solution that we will present to partners, to our customers and to the public as swiftly as possible. Our aim is to inform our customers as quickly as possible, so that their vehicles comply fully with regulations,” said Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars.
Roughly five million of the vehicles involved in the recall wear a Volkswagen badge, 2.1 million are Audis, 1.2 million vehicles come from Skoda and the remaining 1.8 million are light commercial vehicles.
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