Saturday 24 March 2018

Some VW owners will wait months to get a fix

Volkswagen's road test results will be verified by a third party, the company's chairman has said. Photo: AP
Volkswagen's road test results will be verified by a third party, the company's chairman has said. Photo: AP
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

Volkswagen in Ireland will start to fix the 115,000 diesel vehicles caught up in the emissions scandal from next month.

But some owners will have to wait until next September at the earliest, it can be revealed.

Responding to a query from the Irish Independent, the company here outlined its plans for work on the three engines involved in the scandal, which has been unfolding since September.

They will start taking in the two-litre TDIs from next month. These engines require just a software update and it is estimated the work should only take around half an hour. That means it should be possible for owners to wait while their car is being dealt with.

Those with 1.2 TDI engines in their cars - relatively few have been sold in Ireland - can expect to have them upgraded with new software from July next. The work on those should also take only 30 minutes or so.

Cars with 1.6-litre TDI engines will be dealt with from September next year. They will involve both software and hardware upgrades. It is expected that owners will have to wait an hour or so for the work to be completed.

The hardware will involve fitting a new 'flow transformer' to help better regulate how fuel and air are burned in the engine.

The Irish roll-out of fixes emerges after German authorities earlier this week signed off on the group's plans for around 8.5 million diesel engines in Europe that have software designed to cheat emissions tests.

The company says that when the fixes are in place the vehicles - cars, commercials and imports - will meet "applicable emissions standards".

It also claims that the work on the software and engines will not affect engine power, fuel consumption or performance.

The carmaker is expected to begin notifying it customers here over the next few weeks.


It marks the culmination of an explosive saga that began in September and has led to the company admitting it installed the software in about 11 million vehicles worldwide in Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and SEAT models.

The 'cheat' software lowered the level of noxious nitrogen oxides when it detected that the car was being tested.

But Europe could have another Volkswagen-type scandal because its regulations are so much more lax than the US, it is being claimed.

The forecast is made by John German, who, with Peter Mock, discovered how Volkswagen software gave false emission readings when diesel cars were being tested in the US.

Irish Independent

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