Volkswagen has begun the recall for the “technical modification” of vehicles running the EA 189 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine that sparked the dieselgate controversy.

VOLKSWAGEN IN EUROPE has announced the recall of 15,000 VW Golfs fitted with the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel EA189 engine mated to a manual gearbox. Other Volkswagen passenger vehicles will follow shortly.

In a short statement, Volkswagen said: “In the development of the technical measures customer-friendly solutions have top priority. This is why the vehicles concerned will be staggered in several groups for the workshop recall to ensure efficient implementation of the modifications”.

According to VW, all owners of affected vehicles have received a letter informing them about the recall. Vehicle owners will receive a second letter shortly advising them to make a workshop appointment with a Volkswagen partner company of their choice. 

“In close coordination with the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) it is Volkswagen’s declared aim that the technical solution does not result in any changes to the fuel consumption levels, performance data or noise emissions of the vehicles concerned. For the Golf 2.0l TDI BMT the KBA has confirmed that this objective has been achieved in full.”

“In Europe Volkswagen is exercising its right as a manufacturer to remedy defects. Volkswagen customers will not incur any costs as a result of these technical measures. Furthermore, as part of the recall process all customers will be offered appropriate replacement mobility options free of charge.

“Over and above this the vehicles affected are technically safe and roadworthy. They can be driven on roads without any limitations until the modifications are implemented. The implementation of the necessary technical measures is being carried out throughout Europe in accordance with a timetable and action plan coordinated with the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA).”

Volkswagen Australia has previously contacted owners of affected vehicles and advised them that once a solution was found it would contact them again to have the “technical modification” applied.


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