A German government official has revealed Volkswagen, Opel, Audi, Mercedes, and Porsche will have to recall a total of 630,000 cars powered by diesel engines to fix a problem with the emissions management software.

After VAG’s Dieselgate broke cover in September last year, the German government ordered a series of tests with diesel cars from a variety of automakers to find out the real NOx emissions. Only VAG cars were discovered with illegal software created for the sole purpose of manipulating emissions tests. However, additional European tests have shown several car manufacturers have discovered a legal loophole to reduce emissions under certain circumstances.

Once this reveal was made, the German motor transport authority KBA conducted further testing and questioned whether taking advantage of the loophole is justifiable. Now, a German government official has announced there is going to be a recall for 630,000 diesel cars belonging to Volkswagen, Opel, Audi, Mercedes, and Porsche. All of the vehicles affected by the recall have a problem with the diesel emissions management software which will be modified “to ensure that the loophole is tightened to ensure lower levels of pollution in future.”

In related news, the Volkswagen Group has announced it is setting aside no less than €16.2 billion ($18.2 billion) to handle the messy Dieselgate, up from the previous €6.5B ($7.3B). Some of the money will come from slashing annual investments by €1B ($1.12B) which will have a direct impact on the development of new models.

Source: Automotive News Europe

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