Volkswagen Diesel Cars to be Tested By Indian Government

Published On Dec 03, 2015 04:49 PM By Manish

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After Volkswagen India recalled 3.23 lakh units, Indian government has announced that it will will initiate an investigation looking into the company’s diesel vehicles. Minister of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Mr. Anant Geete said that these diesel vehicles will be checked to see if they are in violation of Indian emission norms. He further added that the German automaker issued this recall after accepting the violations, when Volkswagen was served with a show-cause notice. If necessary, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways will also carry out required actions.

Mr Geete said, "Over the next six months, we will carry out checks on emission levels of all diesel passenger vehicles in India."

Ambuj Sharma, Additional Secretary in the Heavy Industries Ministry stated in a conversation with PTI, "From the end of this month, we will start testing all passenger diesel vehicles in India to estimate whether they have committed emission violations. The process of testing diesel passenger vehicles by ARAI will be completed in six months."

The issues are oriented around the EA 189 diesel engines that might have the “cheating software”, which include company’s 1.2-litre, 1.5-litre, 1.6-litre, and 2.0-litre diesel mills and Volkswagen Group India has presented remedies for the same to the Ministry of Heavy Industries and ARAI. The company  will also recall cars from other brands that it owns, which include Skoda and Audi vehicles. The recall will be carried out after Volkswagen get an approval from concerned authorities for its proposal  that will suggest the necessitated solution to ARAI and Ministry of Heavy Industries. After procuring the said approval, the company will contact the owners of its cars and that of its subsidiaries.

The recall will be carried out for vehicles that were manufactured between 2008 to November 2015, which includes 36,500 units of Audi, 88,700 units of Skoda and 198,500 units of Volkswagen.

Source: CarAndBike

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