Volkswagen has disclosed plans to start the recall procedure for Euro-spec cars in January 2016.
The announcement was made by the company’s new CEO Matthias Muller in an interview with German newspaper FrankfurterAllgemeine Zeitung. The recall procedure will affect 8 million cars sold in the European Union and of course will include many Audis equipped with the problematic 1.2 TDI, 1.6 TDI and 2.0 TDI EA189 turbodiesel engine which has an illegal software designed to enable the cars cheat during official emissions testing.
According to Muller, if everything will go according to plan, the recall procedure will be completed by the end of 2016. Needless to say, owners of Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT and Skoda models won’t have to pay for the changes their cars will be going through.
It should be mentioned that while the 2.0 TDI will only need a software update, the smaller 1.6 TDI unit will also be going through hardware modifications and this will affect 3.6 million cars sold in Europe by VAG. It’s not known at this point whether these software & hardware changes will have a negative impact on the car’s performances and whether the fuel consumption will increase, but experts in the industry have already said the car’s will lose some of the power and there’s also a risk of a decreased efficiency.