Volkswagen Will Begin the Dieselgate Recall for Golf Models in Europe

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Volkswagen has announced it will start its first Dieselgate-related recall in Europe.
The Wolfsburg manufacturer has received approval from the Federal Motor Transport Authority (called KBA in Germany) to fix all Volkswagen Golf models with the 2.0-liter TDI engine sold in Europe. This is the first recall action that Volkswagen undertakes on the old continent that’s related to the Dieselgate situation.

In the case of the Golf 2.0-liter TDI BMT, Volkswagen has already started contacting known owners of the vehicles to schedule service appointments.

Around 15,000 Volkswagen Golf cars with a manual gearbox and the engine version mentioned above will receive the fix.

According to the manufacturer, the repair is software-only, and it does not affect fuel economy, rated emissions, performance, or reliability of the targeted units.

Volkswagen promised to call back the rest of the vehicles affected by the Dieselgate situation in the following period. The German manufacturer will issue notices of approved fixes as they receive the green light for each change from the KBA.

Customers of the affected vehicles will be able to perform the software update at an authorized Volkswagen workshop of their choice. All owners of vehicles with the EA 189 engine type are expected to receive Volkswagen’s recall notice shortly.

The company issued a press release to inform everybody about the advancements in this situation, which is expected to greatly affect the reputation of the brands that sold diesel engines with devices implemented to trick emission tests.

US owners of the equivalent model will have to wait for another solution. As you already know if you have been following the topic on autoevolution, Volkswagen TDI owners affected by the Dieselgate scandal will be offered buybacks and financial compensations.

Meanwhile, Volkswagen posted their financial results for the last quarter of last year, and the company is not doing well. The Volkswagen brand, for example, lost $144 million in the last three months of 2015, Bloomberg reports.

Matthias Muller, CEO of Volkswagen AG, stated that the company is experiencing “far more than a crisis,” adding that the “current situation demands everything of them in every respect, including financially.
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