Indian government has ordered ARAI to find more details on the emissions of EA189 engine, which is responsible for the turmoil in which VW is currently in. Globally, 11 million cars are fitted with this engine, while in India it is installed in 1.5-1.8 lakh cars.
Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) will be conducting an independent probe into Volkswagen’s violation of emission norms. ARAI will be submitting its report to the Union Heavy Industries Minister Anant Geete for further course of action.
While Geete has stated that emission norms in the country differ from that in other countries, ARAI has commenced the process and sought details from the company on the issue with a detailed report to be submitted by September 30, 2015. If ARAI finding indicate similar wrongdoings in India, the German automaker could face criminal proceedings which will include fine and recall of vehicles as per Indian regulations and legal procedures prescribed.
This Volkswagen ARAI probe in India follows US ordering analysis on Volkswagen flouting emission norms. The automaker faces upto $18 billion in fine in the US over cheating of pollution tests. The company has admitted that many of its diesel cars have been fitted with the defeat software. This has resulted in many countries around the world to either stop sale of VW cars with the said engine, or test the engines once again for emission.