VW emission scandal: Recalls start in India

Volkswagen Group has already faced flak in the international markets and is facing criminal charges in Europe and USA for the emission scandal. It has already been 9 months since the scandal was discovered and was made public.

Even though VW started recalling the cars with faulty engines in the international markets, the group has made its first recall in India. The infamous 2.0-litre EA 189 diesel engine that has been recalled powered the last generation of the Skoda Superb and the Volkswagen Passat in India.

Other affected engines of Volkswagen group are 1.2-litre, and 1.5-litre (downsized 1.6-litre) diesel engines. The 1.2-litre and 2.0-litre engines will receive the software update while the 2.0-litre diesel engine will receive a small plastic filter inside engine’s air intake along with software update.


In the USA and European markets, VW fitted cheat device to detect when a test is being done to the car and emit a lower level of emission. The Indian laws have lenient emission norms and were launched without any such device. Volkswagen India has announced that the recall has been made to make sure that the cars are up to date with latest technical changes in the European market.

According to Volkswagen, Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) has to give go ahead for installing updates in any engine. As of now, only the 2.0-litre engine with the Superb has been given a go-ahead for receiving such updates. Volkswagen Group will update the other engines as soon as ARAI approves the updates.

Even though Indian laws do not require VW to update the engines, VW says it is a voluntary recall. The car owners of updated engines could face a drop in fuel efficiency but the emission will improve.

In a recent update, the Indian government announced that new cars will be tested randomly from the dealerships to avoid any such scam done by the manufacturers. India will also lay the new BS-VI emission norms in 2020 to make sure that the future cars are cleaner.