German Authorities Approve Volkswagen’s ‘Dieselgate’ Fix

By Christian Stampfer on 17 December 2015
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Volkswagen Golf SportWagen at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show

Volkswagen Golf SportWagen at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show

MUNICH—Volkswagen said Wednesday that the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt or Federal Motor Transport Authority has given preliminary approval for the automaker’s proposal to modify diesel engines affected by emissions-cheating software in Germany and Europe.

The plan, which is slated to begin at the end of January, will bring its line of diesel engines into compliance with European regulations. The Wolfsburg-based automaker’s 1.2,- 1.6- and 2.0-liter engines are at the heart of the Dieselgate emissions scandal involving close to 11 million vehicles worldwide.

The repair for 1.2- and 2.0-liter engines will involve a software update that will take 30 minutes. For 1.6-liter engines, the repair will involve both a software update and the installation of a “flow transformer,” essentially a plastic tube with a grate, over the car’s mass air sensor housing assembly, which regulates the car’s fuel injection. The sensor measures how much air is moving through the intake manifold at any given moment and adjusts the amount of fuel being injected into the cylinders accordingly. This repair, Volkswagen said, will take about one hour to complete per vehicle and Volkswagen plans to promptly notify its customers.

“Our customers in Germany will be informed without delay as soon as the addresses are provided by the KBA,” the automaker said in a statement.

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