Slow start to diesel recall fix.

Volkswagen is off to a slow start repairing recalled diesel vehicles in Europe. According to Automotive News, Volkswagen has performed recall fixes on 50,000 cars so far, but that’s just a tiny fraction of the 8.5 million vehicles that need updates to address “cheating” emissions software.

The main reason for the slow start is that German officials have not yet signed off on Volkswagen’s proposed fixes for every model. “We are quite optimistic about getting approval [for other models] in coming weeks,” Volkswagen Group sales chief Fred Kappler told AN.

The continuing scandal over admissions that Volkswagen diesel engines had software or devices that fooled emissions tests has weighed heavily on the automaker. In its latest interim report, released yesterday, Volkswagen said that U.S. sales of its cars had fallen 5.7 percent year-over-year, and Canadian VW sales had slipped 10.6 percent, as a result of the diesel problem.

While recalls are already underway in Europe, American VW customers are still waiting on a resolution. After a judge confirmed that Volkswagen had come to an initial agreement with the U.S. government over how to remedy the diesel issue, it was revealed that a solution could be announced by the end of July. Reports also suggest the automaker is also expected to give customers the choice between having their car repaired or repurchased, and may reimburse owners to the tune of several thousand dollars.

Source: Automotive News

Gallery: VW has fixed 50,000 diesel cars in Europe, still has 8.45 million left