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Volkswagen has submitted a plan to the German authorities to rectify its 1.6 litre EA 189-powered vehicles currently in the market. The four-cylinder diesel plant has been known to feature the brand’s infamous cheating software that allowed it to achieve targeted results in official emissions tests.

In an Automotive News Europe report, it’s said that a spokesperson from the German Federal Motor Transportation Authority (KBA) confirmed that the body is in the midst of examining a proposal submitted by the Volkswagen Group to the transport ministry. However, no timeframe was revealed as to when the evaluation would be completed.

As previously reported, Volkswagen is preparing for a worldwide recall of some 11 million vehicles equipped with EA 189 diesel engines following the dieselgate scandal that first broke out in the US.

In Europe alone, a total of 8.5 million vehicles are known to be equipped with the cheating software. However, it is believed that of the total number of vehicles belonging to the Volkswagen Group, 3.6 million of them fitted specifically with the 1.6 diesel engine will require a costly rectification process — this very process is the one currently being evaluated by the KBA.


It was also reported that the rectification of these vehicles may include having to fit a new engine injection nozzle and a larger catalytic converter. The remaining 4.9 million vehicles are said to require a much simpler software update.

More recently, Volkswagen has offered to pay up for additional taxes faced by its European customers for having vehicles with understated CO2 emissions. Following that, we’ve also reported on the company wanting to buy back affected vehicles from its customers at current market prices.

Over in the US, the Volkswagen Group faces a stickier situation, with legal fines and class action lawsuits hovering overhead. There, it is believed that Volkswagen and Audi executives will soon be meeting with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to continue discussions to rectify some 500,00 diesel cars that currently violate pollution emission standards.