A spokesman for the German transport minister has announced 3.6 million 1.6 TDI cars from the Volkswagen Group sold in Europe will need a hardware fix as well.

A spokesman for the German transport minister has announced 3.6 million 1.6 TDI cars from the Volkswagen Group sold in Europe will need a hardware fix as well.

Volkswagen sold a total of 8 million diesel cars in Europe with the illegal software fitted onto the EA189 1.2 TDI, 1.6 TDI and 2.0 TDI engines and while the 2.0 TDI will only need a software revision according to the latest report, the 1.6 TDI will also require some hardware modifications. This affects 3.6 million cars sold in Europe not just from the Volkswagen core brand, but also from Audi, Skoda and SEAT.

VAG previously said they plan on kicking off recalls in January and will fix all of the cars by the end of 2016. It's not known at this point whether the smaller 1.2 TDI will have to go through hardware changes as well or they can fix it with a simple software update. Overall, there are around 11 million EA189-powered cars all over the world with the illegal software and obviously it will cost VW a fortune to fix them and also to pay the numerous fines which will greatly affect the company's plans as far as R&D is concerned, putting at risk some future models.

 

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