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Around 3.6 million Volkswagen cars in Europe with the 1.6 litre TDI engine will require hardware changes in the company’s diesel emissions rigging scandal, a spokesman for the German transport ministry has said.

The snippet from Reuters confirms earlier work by the Wall Street Journal, which quoted VW tech spokesman Christian Buhlmann saying that hardware changes will involve cars with 1.2 and 1.6 litre TDI engines. It is necessary because a fuel injection pump has to be replaced to ensure a smooth ride. The 2.0 TDI will only need a software update for Europe, but US standards are higher and it’s not yet certain if a reflash is sufficient there, it was said.

The 1.6 TDI (EU5) was a popular engine for compact models and the 3.6 million units include cars from Volkswagen Group brands such as Audi, Skoda and SEAT. The group sold a total of eight million cars in Europe with illegal software, fitted on the EA189 type 1.2 TDI, 1.6 TDI and 2.0 TDI engines.

“At no time was the safety of our customers compromised. And above all: all EU6 diesel vehicles comply with legal specifications and environmental requirements. For Wolfsburg, that means production can continue,” VW Group’s new CEO Matthias Muller said.

In the action plan announced on September 30, VW says that it will first inform affected customers that the emissions characteristics of their vehicles will be corrected in the near future. Each affected brand will present technical solutions and measures to the responsible authorities this month. Customers will be kept informed over the coming weeks and months, and national websites will deliver updates.