Owners of affected Volkswagen diesel vehicles will have to wait a few more months for the recall fix, according to Reuters. New VW CEO Matthias Mueller reportedly said that the company plans to begin fixing cars at the start of next year, though we still don’t yet know what the fix itself will be.
The current plan, according to Mueller, is for all 11 million affected diesel cars to receive the fix by the end of 2016. This includes around 482,000 vehicles in the U.S. equipped with four-cylinder diesel engines, which were equipped with “defeat devices” to cheat on emissions tests.
We reported yesterday on various possibilities for how Volkswagen will fix the cars to make them comply with emissions regulations. At this point, likely options include a software update to change the engine’s programming, larger catalytic converters, or changes to the urea filter system. There is speculation that some of these fixes might negatively affect fuel economy and performance. Mueller did say in a recent meeting that “in many instances a software update will be sufficient. Some vehicles, however, will also require hardware modifications.”
Stay tuned to hear more news about how Volkswagen plans to handle this large-scale recall.