It has been a long time coming, we are at the very start of the second quarter of 2016 and Volkswagen will only now, after almost half a year, be starting to fix some of the 11 million vehicles that were affected by the emissions scandal in September 2015. The scandal affected multiple vehicles all of different makes, models and engine sizes. Although there are around half a million 2.0 litre vehicles affected, Volkswagen are repairing around 85,000 3.0 litre vehicles which carry either their own badge, Audi’s or Porsche’s badge.
So the main vehicles affected were the 2014 Volkswagen Toureg, the 2015 Porsche Cayman and the Audi A6 Quattro, A7 Quattro, A8, A8L and the Q5. The repair process will involve the changing of certain software and the instillation of a catalytic converter. Once this has been accomplished, then the vehicles will once again be road legal. Road legality will come as the vehicle will then be able to comply with environmental agencies all over the world.
It may just be a baby step for Volkswagen but, being able to fix around 85,000 models soon, is certainly a very good start for the German company who is trying to rebuild their recently tarnished reputation.
Other than this, Volkswagen, as it has recently been argued by many outlets, are starting to finalise massive plans for the attempted buy back of the afflicted 2.0-litre cars. To accomplish this, the German automotive outfit will potentially offer those motorists who have been affected “substantial compensation” for their troubles by June 21 2016. With all that has occurred with Volkswagen and the emissions scandal, it is good to see that the company is starting to build back its reputation. Although we hope to see the affected vehicles fixed sooner rather than later without too much damage to Volkswagen…