All cars are going to receive a software update.
At the beginning of June, the Volkswagen Group received the approval from Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) to recall and fix more than 800,000 cars powered by the EA189 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine. Now, the company has been given the green light to repair 460,000 vehicles that come with the smaller EA189 1.2-liter unit. It’s found under the hood of models such as the VW Polo, Skoda Fabia & Roomster, and SEAT Ibiza.
VAG is now informing owners of affected cars to make an appointment to bring the 1.2 TDI-powered vehicles for a software update which will eliminate the problem without increasing fuel consumption or noise and also without lowering performance. The company emphasizes the cars are ‘technically safe and fit to drive’ and can be used without any sort of restrictions. As you would expect, the software update is free of charge.
The recall of cars with three-cylinder 1.2 TDI engines was supposed to kick off in the second quarter of the year, but the procedure was postponed because VW decided to prioritize the recall of larger cars fitted with the aforementioned 2.0-liter unit.
The Volkswagen Group has to fix no less than 8.5 million TDI cars in Europe, so you can imagine it will be a time-consuming and costly process for the German automotive giant.