Volkswagen has attracted the wrath of the regulatory authorities in the emissions scandal worldwide. In the US, the German carmaker is set a new deadline in South Korea callbacks and fines.
The VW Group had admitted that it had not disclosed to the US authorities since 2009 in admission procedures a total of three programs.
In the scandal around manipulated emissions, the pressure on the VW Group in the US is now also increasing for larger diesel engines. The Californian environmental agency CARB said that it had set a deadline of 45 business days for Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche to submit a recall plan for the affected vehicles with 3.0-liter diesel engines.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said that the recall order is initially limited to California. So far, VW has in the case yet made any plans to eliminate the tampering, said an EPA spokeswoman.
The VW Group had admitted that it had not disclosed to the US authorities since 2009 in admission procedures a total of three programs. One of them is considered a banned software for manipulating emissions readings under current US legislation.
More than 85,000 vehicles are affected, including around 15,000 in California. In addition, VW has tricked in the US in more than 480,000 cars with smaller 2.0-liter diesel engines. In mid-September, Volkswagen admitted that it had equipped 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide with banned software programs.
More software problems expected
The car company has to information of the “world” even more software problems. It concerns the computer control for the recovery of energy, with which the car batteries can be loaded. “There is a malfunction in the software in question,” the newspaper quoted a company spokesman. It is currently being determined which cars in which series are affected by the problems. A recall would be considered – more likely, however, to remedy the error in the context of inspections. However, the report says that this is not a case of manipulation or misrepresentation.
In South Korea alone, the group has to pay a fine of around 11.6 million euros.
In South Korea, Volkswagen must call more than 125,000 cars in the workshops because of alleged manipulated exhaust emissions. After own exhaust gas tests on several models of the brands VW and Audi since last month, the Ministry of the Environment in Seoul also accused the German car maker of a fine of 14.1 billion won (11.6 million euros). The tests have shown that VW has the exhaust emissions of vehicles with diesel engines, said the authority. South Korea wants to extend the intensified investigations also to other manufacturers and take diesel models of 16 car manufacturers under the magnifying glass.
KBA agrees with VW plans
According to Volkswagen, the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has approved the redesign plans for a large part of the manipulated diesel cars from the group. Around 8.2 million cars with smaller 1.6- and 2.0-liter engines can therefore be set in the workshop from the beginning of next year so that they are to comply with the limits for harmful nitrogen oxides. The final release is still pending. (AP)