November 29, 2016 11:22
Volkswagen will start recalling 126,000 cars as early as next month over an emissions-cheating scandal.
The Environment Ministry on Monday said Volkswagen has now come up with modified emissions software that has been shown to meet Korean environmental and mileage regulations. Around 25,000 Tiguan SUVs will be recalled first, followed by around 100,000 other models.
In November last year, the German automaker was found to have installed emissions-cheating software in cars sold since 2007. It switched on diesel emissions controls during tests but disabled them under normal driving conditions, causing large amounts of nitrogen oxide to be released into the air.
With the new software, Volkswagen avoids having to provide owners with brand-new cars instead. "We conducted repeated driving tests of the Tiguan, even with the air conditioner on, and most of the emissions software functioned normally and the vehicles did not exceed Euro 5 emissions specs of less than 0.18 grams of nitrogen oxide per 1 km," a ministry spokesman said.
Tests last year showed Volkswagens emitting up to 31 times more nitrogen oxide than allowed. When it comes to fuel economy, the cars performed in line with the automaker's initial claims despite keeping emissions down.
Under Korean law, automakers are required to compensate car owners if their vehicles show fuel efficiency levels that veer beyond five percent of what has been advertised.
Volkswagen owners in Korea have demanded new cars if the improved emissions software ends up damaging fuel efficiency.
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