Volkswagen Dieselgate Recall: The Indian Chapter Begins

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After months since the diesel-gate broke worldwide, the Volkswagen Group is finally gearing up to recall its diesel cars in India.

The recall will be carried in different phases and will begin by the end-September 2016. The first car to be recalled will be the previous-generation Skoda Superb with the 2.0-litre EA 189 diesel engine, which was the centre of the emission scandal.

Among the diesel cars the company have sold in the country, the 1.2-litre and 2.0-litre engine will receive an updated software; whereas, the 1.5-litre diesel will undergo a hardware change and a software update. The change in hardware will be just a small plastic mesh inside the air intake manifold.

Globally, Volkswagen had used a "defeat device" or software to cheat the emission test. The defeat device was basically designed to recognise when it was undergoing a laboratory test procedure on a rolling road.

The device would then seamlessly swap the engine map to a low-emission setting. But once the vehicle hits the road, it would revert back to a setting that would give a better fuel economy, but with higher emissions.

In India, as the first phase of the recall, the company representatives or dealers will be soon contacting the owners involved.

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