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Bavarian Government refuses VW emissions “fix” on 500 police vehicles

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It’s not just the UK suffering at the hands of the VW emissions fix. It now been revealed that the Bavarian government has refused to have 500 police vehicles subjected to the VW emissions “fix”.

The move by Dobrindt’s CSU party committee and Minister of the Interior, Joachim Herrmann was implemented due to the government not receiving assurances that the fix would not result in”subsequent engine problems.” and was unwilling to offer comprehensive warranty packages as seen in the USA.

This is the first case of any official governmental action over the fix despite mounting evidence that it’s responsible for countless EGR and DPF failures. 

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Can the VW VAG EA 189 NOx emissions fix be reversed? Is a remap the answer?

All the help and advice in the world isn’t going to make the issues with the EA 189 NOx emissions fix go away. EGR valves will still fail, DPF filters will clog up and owners will still be the ones picking up the bill for VW’s lies and deceit.

What we’re being asked time and time again is can the emissions fix be reversed.

So, Can the emissions fix be reversed?

This is a tricky one. As we understand it the changes to the engine management system go above and beyond what remaps would be capable of changing. We believe that the fix makes changes only possible by “flashing” the entire ECU with new settings and features to help reduce NOx output. 

These changes include:

  • Reduction in fuelling at lower revs (reducing torque)
  • Changes to the injection pattern
  • Changes to the EGR behaviour
  • Addition of an “air straightener” into the intake (1.6L engines only)

The changes have resulted in the following for many owners

  • Reduced power
  • Increased engine noise
  • EGR valve failure
  • Injector failure
  • DPF filter blockages
  • Reduced MPG / Fuel efficiency

We understand (at present) that only VW can fully reverse the software update. At this point VW / VAG have point blank refused to entertain this idea.

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Swedish motor magazine Teknikensvarld.se proves Emissions fix has negative effect on MPG and power

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The Swedish motor magazine Teknikens Varld has taken on the might of VW to prove that emissions fix causes negative effects on fuel consumption and power. This is contrary to claims by Volkswagen that the fix does not affect vehicle performance or fuel efficiency in any way.

They tested 10 VW vehicles both before and after the emissions fix recording MPG, Power and Torque on a rolling road. Their exhaustive testing shows that in most cases vehicles responded negatively to the fix, resulting in a reduction in power of around 10% whilst reducing fuel efficiency by up to 4%.

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New car sales surge as tax rises loom, diesel sales loose ground

Sales of new cars in the UK hit record levels in March this year as buyers scrambled to make the most of looming car tax rises.

March 2017 saw a total of 562,337 cars rolling off dealer forecourts, a rise of over 8% compared to March of 2016. Figures released by the SMMT represent the highest number of new sales since their records began in 1976. The figures for March reveal double the number of vehicles were sold last month compared to January and February combined.

The reason behind the sales surge lies with car tax rises which came into force this month. The new rates see all new vehicles (apart from those with zero emissions) having to pay an annual flat rate of road tax. This will see many cars which had enjoyed “tax free” motoring hit with an annual fixed road tax of £140 on their second “tax year”. Cars with a list price of over £40,000 will be hit for an additional £310 on top of this. This will see many “premium” vehicles paying a up to £450 in road tax per year.

Initial car tax payments (upon registration) will now based entirely on CO2 emissions. This starts at as little as £50 for cars emitting just 1-50 g/km of CO2, rising to a whopping £2,000 for cars producing over 255 g/km.

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Did Volkswagen mislead owners into believing the emissions fix was mandatory?

We’ve been covering the Volkswagen Groups emissions fix closely over the last few months and have been paying attention to the feedback on our website and social media accounts. With the EGR issues aside we’re concerned that owners had been unsure about their choice (or lack of it) when it came to having the so called “technical measures” applied in the first place.

Being a diesel Skoda owner myself, I quizzed my local dealership on a recent visit (Wings Skoda Peterborough Feb 2017) about the emissions fix “etiquette”, only to be told that any updates require specific authorisation by the owner.

Being that my Skoda is Euro6 compliant, I’ve been lucky enough not to have had my car recalled however we’re aware that a significant number of owners felt they had been pressured and mislead into having the “technical measures” applied. In all cases (we are aware of) they claim to that the letters suggested that the fix was a mandatory requirement for their vehicle.

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EU Parliament votes to “financially compensate” car buyers affected by VW emissions scandal

MEPs in the European Parliament have voted in support of a number of recommendations that could reshape the emissions testing in the EU and see car buyers affected by the VW group emissions scandal rightfully compensated.

The overwhelming support for the action to clean up the European car market (585 votes to 77) will push for “real world” emissions testing which could see many so called “clean” diesel cars being forced from European roads.

The vote was in response to a report by the Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurement in the Automotive Sector (EMIS) – link below. The report chastised EU member states for not doing enough to uncover the so called “defeat devices” and failing to test vehicles outside of “laboratory tests”.

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Volkswagen get the green light from US regulators to sell “fixed” diesel vehicles

Over in the US, Volkswagen have been given the green light to “flog” their fleet of “fixed” diesel vehicles by the EPA.

In what seems as a massive turn around by US regulators, VW have been given permission to sell off 2015 diesel models to the unsuspecting public. Until now all sales of diesel vehicles have been suspended in light of the emissions issue affecting around half a million cars.

The fix, as we covered in this article is a two phase process that provides both a software fix and replacement EGR & DPF filters. This is in contrast to the fix offered to long suffering UK owners who are not being offered such inclusive repair and warranty packages. Many owners are having to foot the bill for mechanical parts failing due to VW’s continued denial of any link between the fix and issues occurring shortly there after – see the links below.

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