VW to release fix for cars affected by emissions scandal, says chief executive – The Guardian

Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Volkswagen chief executive Matthias Müller has said the company will deliver technical details on fixing cars fitted with emissions-rigging software to German regulators by the end of the month.

According to a copy of a speech he gave to company managers at Volkswagen headquarters on Monday, Müller said the Federal Motor Transport Authority has signed off on a software update to fix affected 2-litre diesel motors. The regulator has also given the “basic go” to a fix for the 1.6-litre vehicles that will also involve replacing an air filter cartridge and grill. Details are being finalised on a software fix for 1.2-litre motors.

Müller said most of the affected vehicles would not need major work. He said: “For about 90% of the group’s vehicles in Europe the solutions are confirmed. The cost for the retrofitting is technically, physically and financially manageable.”

European sales for the Volkswagen Group dropped 0.8% last month, while its European market share slipped to 25.2% in October, down from 26.1% in the same month last year.

VW’s mass market brands suffered sales falls last month, as Seat fell 11.2%, Skoda declined 2.9% and the key VW brand slipped 0.4%.

However, VW’s premium brands – Audi and Porsche – appear to have been untouched by the scandal, with sales rising 3.5% and 13.3% respectively.

Because car deliveries typically occur several weeks after purchase decisions, the full repercussions of the scandal, which started with VW’s admission on 18 September that diesel engine emission tests had been rigged, are expected to become more apparent in data for November.


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