BERLIN, Sept 19 Volkswagen is making
slow progress on fixing cars equipped with illicit engine
software in Europe, having repaired less than 10 percent of the
8.5 million affected models, the company said on Monday.
Germany's KBA motor vehicle authority has approved proposed
fixes that would resolve the problem in about 5.1 million
vehicles, said the VW manager in charge of the European diesel
recall necessitated by the emissions cheating scandal that has
engulfed the company.
"Ten percent of this (number) have been retrofitted with
good results," Manfred Bort said in VW's in-house journal
"inside" published on Monday.
Of the roughly 11 million vehicles affected globally, about
8.5 million are in Europe.
VW group models with 1.2 litre and 2.0 litre engines require
only a software update on pollution control systems, but about 3
million 1.6 litre models also require a mesh to be installed
near the air filter.
Europe's largest automaker is in the midst of developing and
testing software variants to fix all the cars and will do
"everything" to secure the KBA's approval of its solutions by
November, Bort said.
The German manufacturer has said the majority of the 8.5
million cars in Europe can be repaired this year, but an
unspecified number will have to wait until 2017.
"We want to inform all affected customers in Germany by the
end of the year that the technical solution is available," Bort
(Reporting by Andreas Cremer; Editing by David Goodman)