Volkswagen has been embroiled in dealing with the “dieselgate” scandal that has affected millions of vehicles worldwide. Hundreds of thousands of vehicles have been affected by the emissions cheating scandal in the United States. However, a fix, at least for some countries, may be on the horizon.
Volkswagen announced that a fix has been found for the EA 189 diesel engines in India. The fix has been submitted to authorities for approval.
Once approved, the fix will be applied to 328,000 vehicles that were sold with the EA 189 variety of engine. The company also made the announcement that a software fix was discovered for the local Vento manual diesel model. Production had been stopped on the vehicle due to inconsistent emission of carbon monoxide.
Volkswagen India manufacturing director Andreas Laurermann said that the company is focused on the rollout of the Ameo sedan in the hopes of making a comeback in the Indian market.
The recall process, which was supposed to begin at the start of 2016 has yet to get underway. While some of these engines will need just software updates, some of the engines will also need both software and hardware updates, depending upon the output of the engine.
Volkswagen India saw strong growth in the first nine months of 2015, with that growth measuring in the double digits. The scandal, however, saw domestic production decline 2.4%. The release of the Ameo in increments and strong export offtake allows Volkswagen India to make plans to increase its output 15% in 2016.
Ameo will be positioned in the subcompact sedan market, which sees sales of 25,000 to 30,000 per month. The company aims to produce about 150 Ameo cars a day.
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