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Volkswagen Group UK boss Paul Willis has confirmed the timetable for dealers to carry out recall work on the 1.1m vehicles in the UK fitted with cheat software. Last week he wrote a letter to the chair of the Transport Committee Louise Ellman following his appearance before the committee in October (pictured).
Dealers start work in Late February on the 2-litre engines which need a software changes while the fix for the 1.2-litre engines, which also require software modifications, begins in late May. Work on the 1.6 litre engines which need a software changes and replacement of injectors, will begin at the end of September 2016.
Willis said there was no problem with the injectors themselves. “There is no generalised issue concerning the injectors fitted in Volkswagen’s vehicles. “Any replacement of hardware will take place only a part of the solution for fixing the issues affecting the EA189 engines. I want to be very clear that there is no issue per se with the injectors themselves,” he said.
Willis was asked how the performance of cars would be impacted by the removal of the defeat devices in terms of emissions, fuel economy and performance. “Our goal is to avoid any changes in the fuel consumption, CO2 or performance of the vehicles”, he said.
Willis stuck by his original statement in October that only 5% of buyers base their purchase decision on environmental considerations, citing the RAC Report on Motoring and Auto Express Driver Power 2015 Survey.
Source: Motor Trader