Sunday 18 February 2018

Commercials lead the way as VW set to apply 'emission fixes'

But long road still ahead; no 1.6-litre diesel 'solutions' yet

Volkswagen says the vast bulk of work will surround the 1.6-litre passenger models
Volkswagen says the vast bulk of work will surround the 1.6-litre passenger models
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

Volkswagen commercial vehicles here have had the most available fixes applied in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal, 'Motors' can reveal today.

And 26pc of the available 'technical solutions' released for Audis have been applied, it has emerged.

The corresponding figures for SEAT and SKODA are running at 13pc while Volkswagen models are on 14pc.

It is important to note that these figures are just for the technical solutions agreed on and released by Volkswagen headquarters.

Taken across the board they show an overall average completion rate of 21pc for the amendments that have been released by the automaker.

It would appear from the latest figures obtained by 'Motors' that there is still a long way to go. For example, there has been nothing so far on the 1.6-litre diesel for passenger vehicles as it includes hardware as well as software changes. The diesel engines involved are 1.2-litre, 1.6-litre and 2-litre.

Volkswagen told us: "The vast bulk of work will surround the 1.6-litre passenger models, the repair for which is expected to be released in the fourth quarter of 2016."

The VW Amarok was the first vehicle given access to a technical solution.

It's had a 43pc completion rate while the popular Caddy van range is running at 76pc. The release of the first 2.0-litre passenger vehicle solutions came in June.

Volkswagen say that it is too early to see any significant uptake of volume cars such as the 2.0-litre Passat and other models as they were only released so recently.

Volkswagen Ireland added: "To date we have approximately 19,000 vehicle repairs available in the market place, with 119 authorised service partners trained and ready."

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