02 December 2015

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Volkswagen to recall 3.23 lakh cars found to use device to cheat emission tests

ARAI finds Volkswagen diesel engine used a ‘defeat device’ to cheat emission tests

Volkswagen to recall 3.23 lakh cars as found to use ‘defeat device’ to cheat emission tests

In September 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the United States found out that cars across the Volkswagen Group portfolio were being fitted with a ‘defeat device’ — a software that modified its performance when it sensed being run in ‘test condition’ by monitoring speed, engine operation, and even steering wheel position.

The Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) found that diesel cars manufactured in India by Volkswagen and having E189 engine were fitted with the “defeat device”, which may lead to excess nitrogen oxide emission levels in on-road vehicles.

Government last month issued a notice to Volkswagen after testing agency ARAI found “significant variations” in on-road emission levels in the automaker's diesel models of Jetta, Octavia, Audi A4 and Audi A6 in India.

Audi and Skoda brands are owned by the Volkswagen group.

Volkswagen India sells Jetta model, while Octavia and Audi A4 and A6 models are retailed by Skoda and Audi, respectively.

Volkswagen admitted to the malpractice and said about 11 million cars worldwide were fitted with the ‘defeat device’

German auto major Volkswagen will recall 3.23 lakh vehicles in India after a government-ordered probe found the company using diesel engines equipped with a device which helps cheat emission tests
government-ordered probe found that the company’s cars fitted with EA 189 diesel engine used a ‘defeat device’ to cheat emission tests.
The EA 189 engine was found to emit nitrogen oxide up to 40 times above the norms.

The recall, that will affect 323,700 cars from Volkswagen, Skoda and Audi brands
As per the company, from 2008 till end of November 2015, approximately 198,500 cars from Volkswagen, 88,700 cars from ŠKODA and 36,500 cars from Audi across various models that were sold in India have been equipped with the EA 189 engines which include 1.2-litre, 1.5-litre, 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre diesel engines.

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Destination Infinity December 03, 2015  

I wonder how these cars were not checked before they were available for sale. Even if the authorities don't check all the cars, they could have checked a few randomly. And this was not done worldwide, not just in India!

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