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Η Γερμανική ομοσπονδιακή υπηρεσία μεταφορών (KBA) έδωσε το πράσινο φως ώστε η VW να ξεκινήσει την επιδιόθρωση και των αυτοκινήτων που εξοπλίζονται με τον 1.6 TDI κινητήρα. Στην Ευρώπη υπάρχουν περίπου 2,6 εκατ. αυτοκίνητα της Audi, της VW, της Skoda και της Seat, με τον 1.6 TDI κινητήρα της οικογένειας EA189 που εξοπλίζεται dμε το παράνομο λογισμικό.

Η VW θα τοποθετήσει τους 1.6 TDI κινητήρες , εκτός από νέο λογισμικό και έναν “μετασχηματιστή ροής” μπροστά από τον αισθητήρα μάζας αέρα (MAF) στην εισαγωγή αέρα του κινητήρα. Πρόκειται για ένα πλέγμα το οποίο “ηρεμεί” την ροπή του αέρα μπροστά από τον MAF, κάτι που βελτιώνει την ακρίβεια μέτρησης του αισθητήρα μάζας αέρα. Αυτό έχει ως αποτέλεσμα ο MAF να προσδιορίσει καλύτερη την ροή του αέρα στον κινητήρα, μέτρηση πολύ σημαντική για την διαχείριση του κινητήρα και την βελτίωση της διαδικασίας της καύσης, κάτι που μεταφράζεται σε λιγότερες εκπομπές ρύπων. Σύμφωνα με την ΚΒΑ, οι 1.600αριδες κινητήρες μετά την επιδιόρθωση θα συμμορφώνονται πλήρως με τα πρότυπα εκπομπών που έχουν τεθεί στην Ευρώπη.

Στις σχετικές ειδήσεις, το VW Group ανακοίνωσε πως ανοίγει μια έρευνα ώστε να διαπιστωθεί ποιος ήταν ο ρόλος του κατά τη διάρκεια της στρατιωτικής δικτατορίας στη Βραζιλία την 1η Απριλίου του 1964.

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Volkswagen receives go-ahead from the Federal Motor Transport Authority for the modification of models with the 1.6-litre EA 189 TDI engine

  • Implementation of the technical solution begins for 2.6 million affected Group models
  • Official go-ahead for all sizes of EA 189 TDI engines has now been given
  • Customers being promptly and directly informed, then able to book a workshop visit without delay

The technical solutions for 2.6 vehicles with EA 189 1.6-litre TDI engines have been approved by the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA). Implementation can therefore soon begin on the first of the vehicles of the third and final engine size. The vehicle keepers will be notified in succession over the coming weeks. All affected customers can then book their vehicle in for the modification at an authorised workshop at a time of their choosing.

The modification in the case of the EA 189 1.6-litre TDI engines involves a software update. In addition, a so-called flow conditioner is being fixed directly upstream of the air mass meter. The implementation will take less than an hour of working time.

The KBA has said without qualification that the implementation of the technical solutions for these models causes no detrimental changes to fuel consumption levels, performance data or noise emissions. The KBA had previously already affirmed this for all other models approved for the recall. After the modification, the vehicles also fulfil all statutory requirements and the duly applicable emissions standards.

The modification of vehicles with affected 2.0-litre TDI engines began back at the start of the year. The implementation of the technical solutions for affected models with EA 189 1.2-litre TDI engines is also under way. With KBA approval now having been given for the final engine size group as well, work will shortly begin on the modification for vehicles with the affected EA 189 engine. It is thus now possible to bring affected models with 1.2-litre, 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre TDI engines up to due standard.

In Germany customers are being informed in a two-stage process. In stage one, all of the owners concerned were already notified this spring that their vehicle is affected by the modification programme through a letter agreed with the authorities. As soon as the technical solutions for a model have been approved and are available, the customers are being asked in a second written communication to book their vehicle in with a partner business of their choice. This communication has now been sent to the owners of vehicles with the 1.6-litre TDI engine as well.

Volkswagen is continuing to put every effort into implementing the technical solutions and will correct all vehicles affected by the NOx issue. This is being done in close consultation with the relevant authorities. The customers will incur no costs as a result of the technical measures being carried out. As part of the recall process all customers are also being offered an appropriate replacement means of transport free of charge.

The vehicles affected are technically safe and roadworthy. Between now and their modification, they can continue to be used on the road without any restrictions. The required technical solutions are being implemented across Europe based on a schedule and action plan agreed with the KBA.

Volkswagen commissions expert opinion to clarify Group’s role during military dictatorship in Brazil

  • The independent and highly-respected historian Prof. Dr. Christopher Kopper of Bielefeld University to carry out this research
  • Dr. Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt: “We will drive forward this clarification with the requisite consistency and perseverance.”
  • Company also reaffirms there will be a new appointment to the post of Head of Historical Communications

Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft commissioned an expert opinion to clarify the Group’s role during the military dictatorship in Brazil. Executive management named the independent and highly-respected historian Prof. Dr. Christopher Kopper of the Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology at Bielefeld University to carry out this research. The company also reaffirmed there will be a new appointment to the post of Head of Historical Communications which is currently vacant.

Kopper will commence his scientific work as soon as possible and will also travel to Brazil for that purpose. Dr. Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt, Board of Management Member responsible for Integrity and Legal Affairs, commented: “We will clarify the company’s role during the military dictatorship in Brazil with the requisite consistency and perseverance in the same manner as we engaged in the early and comprehensive clarification of issues relating to the National Socialist past and the employment of forced labor.” She went on to say: “We want to shed light on the dark years of the military dictatorship and explain the behavior of those responsible at that time in Brazil and, if applicable, Germany.”

Kopper will report regularly to an internal committee on the progress of his research. The findings of the expert opinion will then be made available to the wider public. It will probably take about one year to complete the research project.

At the same time, the company reaffirmed there would be a new appointment to the post of Head of Historical Communications which is currently vacant. Several possibilities are being reviewed at the present time. Hans-Gerd Bode, Head of Group Communications, stated: “The Volkswagen Group continues to engage with its historical responsibility. Historical Communications plays a very important role in this context. That was never in doubt.”