While a probe into the impact of infamous VW dieselgate on cars sold in India is being conducted by ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India), the automaker’s headquarters will be reviewing the situation of its Indian subsidiary today and tomorrow, reports Economic Times.
Speaking to Indian media on the sidelines of the ongoing Tokyo Motor Show, VW’s newly appointed CEO Herbett Diess revealed that analysis of the situation at VW India would be ascertained during the aforementioned period. Further actions would be decided based on the findings.
Globally, about 11 million VW Group vehicles powered by the EA189 series diesel engines have been affected by the cheating software which is aimed at circumventing emission norms. Out of this, VW passenger cars may account for 5 million vehicles. Audi and Skoda have said that 2.1 million and 1.2 vehicles have been affected respectively.
In addition to VW cars, Audi and Skoda cars in India could also be affected (Audi A3 image is used for representative purpose only).
VW has recently got an approval from the European regulator to fix the engines and since India adopts an identical homologation process, the same fix can be implemented in India provided the government approves it. The fix could involve a mere software patch or even replacement of certain hardware.
To recap, the existence of a cheating device in EA189 diesel powered vehicles came to light during a research by university students in America and eventually the automaker pled guilty. This resulted in a huge managerial restructuring at VW AG.