Volkswagen emission scandal which has had catastrophic effect worldwide will lead to recall of over 11 million vehicles. The scandal is related to special software that tricked emission tests in diesel vehicles and is related to Type EA189 (2.0-litre TDI) engines. This engine is used in the Jetta, Beetle and Audi A3 and while the company has admitted to these discrepancies, Volkswagen has refused to comment on effects of the emission scandal in India.
The Government of India has asked ARAI to conduct tests on whether Volkswagen manipulated emission tests in India as it did in Europe and the US. ARAI has asked Volkswagen India to give details of all cars sold in the country with the EA189 engine. It is by the end of this month that ARAI will be presenting its report following which decisions on recall in India will be taken.
Under Indian regulations Euro IV emission standards apply for vehicles sold in 50 cities while Euro III standards apply to the rest of the country. Following ARAI report, if Volkswagen is found to have violated these prescribed standards it will be forced to recall vehicles. There could also be a penalty and criminal proceedings.
The company spokesperson however stated that the Indian cars that are affected by this scandal are technically safe and road worthy.