Volkswagen plans to update the engines of over 3 lakh vehicles that it recalled in India after a government-ordered probe found the German auto major using diesel engines equipped with a defeat device which help cheat emission tests.
“In the 1.2 litre (petrol), it will be a mere update on the engine management software and in the 1.5 litre we will have to change one small part that is air straightener,” Volkswagen Passenger Cars India Director Michael Mayer told reporters here.
When asked if the company aims to complete the exercise in 2016 itself, Mayer said: “We aim to but given the large numbers, we will have to see how the response of people is. But definitely we would like to do the majority of the cars in 2016.”
In India, the company has announced to recall 3,23,700 lakh vehicles across its three brands — Audi, Skodand Volkswagen — in India after a government-ordered probe found it using diesel engines equipped with a defeat device which help cheat emission tests.
The recall covers cars sold from 2008 till end of November 2015 in India.
The recall will encompass cars from the Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda model range which carry the software that requires to be updated.
VW has admitted use of defeat device in 11 million diesel engine cars sold in the US, Europe and other global markets that allowed manipulation of emission tests by changing the performance of the vehicles to improve results.
As per latest reports, the company could face fine of up to USD 90 billion in the US following a lawsuit filed by the US Department of Justice.