The company has delayed the repairs for the 1.2-liter TDI.
Volkswagen’s prolonged emissions recall in Germany has moved to a new phase because the country’s Federal Motor Transport Authority finally approved the software fix for 800,000 examples of the Passat, CC, and Eos with the EA189 2.0-liter TDI engine. Repairs for these vehicles can now begin.
VW will now send letters to German customers that will tell them to make a service appointment with a dealer. The notifications will go out in phases to owners with the 109-horsepower (81-kilowatt), 134-hp (100-kw), and 138-hp (103-kw) versions of the engine. According to VW, the new software will not change the vehicles’ fuel consumption, performance, or noise.
The German automaker tempers this progress in its recall campaign by delaying some other repairs. The company is pushing back the fixes for the EA189 1.2-liter TDI and doesn’t say when the work could begin. The automaker had originally intended to start this part of the recall in the second quarter of the year.
VW’s diesel recall in Europe is going very slowly. A recent report indicated the company had only repaired 50,000 vehicles out of 8.5 million. In part, this was because the German Transport Authority needed to approve the fix for each model, and that process took time.
The company still hasn’t repaired any diesel model in the United States, either. It could be late July before there’s a finalized settlement between VW and U.S. regulators. However, the agreement might give American owners the option of having the German automaker buy back their vehicle rather than waiting through the potentially lengthy recall process.