Update from Volkswagen Group regarding affected (EA189) engines

Technical measures for the affected EA189 diesel engines have been presented to German authorities; implementation expected to begin in early 2016.

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At Listers, our number one concern is our customers’ satisfaction and, like our customers, we’ve been waiting for an update from Volkswagen Group related to the affected (EA189) engines. Thankfully, we’re now in a position where we can clarify some of the details of the proposed technical solution for customers with vehicles affected by the emissions irregularities.

In a press release on November 25, 2015, Volkswagen Group released clarifications and details of the technical measures they will be taking to address the issues with NOx exhaust emissions on affected EA189 diesel engines. Please note that this has no connection to the EA288 EU5 and EU6 engines, which Volkswagen Group have already confirmed are not affected.

If you’re unsure as to whether your Volkswagen is affected by the recent announcements, you can use the tool on Volkswagen’s Emissions Information Page to enter your VIN and check the status of your vehicle.

For affected EA189 engines with a displacement of 1.6 and 2.0 litres, a software update will be performed on the engine. Additionally, for engines with a displacement of 1.6 litres, a hardware component called a flow transformer will be fitted to the vehicle.

A final technical solution for 1.2 litre diesel engines affected by the issue is due to be presented to the German authorities and, if approved, will comprise of a software update.

Volkswagen Group’s main objective is to achieve the emissions targets without any adverse effects on engine performance, output or fuel consumption.

The time required for the implementation of the technical measures is expected to be less than 1 hour where a hardware component is required, and around half an hour for those vehicles which only require a software update.

A technical action to implement the technical modifications is scheduled to commence in Germany in January 2016, with the modifications expected to take place through most of 2016. Affected customers will be notified directly and invited into their local dealership to have the work carried out. It is important to note that the vehicles remain technically safe to drive on public roads without any limitation.

Further information on the technical measures announced by Volkswagen Group for the affected engines can be found in the video below, and full details can be found in Volkswagen Group’s press release.

Continued updates and a tool to help you identify if your Volkswagen is affected can be found on Volkswagen’s Emissions Information page.

We’d like to thank all of our customers for their patience.