Drivers who neglect to get their cars updated will have them deregistered as Germany gets tough on its emissions laws

Owners of Dieselgate-affected Volkswagen Group cars in Germany who refuse to have the manufacturer's emissions fix applied will have their cars deregistered by the government. 

Reuters reports that the KBA, Germany's motor vehicle regulatory body, can revoke the registrations of cars without the fix because these would still be emitting more NOx than was originally declared. 

The fix is mandatory in Germany because the authorities declared it a safety recall, whereas in the UK it was labelled a 'service action’.

The deregistrations are therefore not completely unexpected. Similar deregistrations are very unlikely to happen in the UK because the fix was not declared a safety issue here.

Owners across Europe are sceptical of the fix after claims that the software tweak can cause cars to become less fuel efficient and cause faults that trigger limp home mode

A recent Autocar investigation carried out on a 1.6-litre diesel Volkswagen Touran found that despite NOx emissions reducing by almost half after the fix, the car returned poorer fuel economy and emitted 6.5% more CO2.

Volkswagen continues to claim that the fix has no adverse effect on cars’ reliability, emissions or fuel economy, backed up by verification from the KBA.

Deregistrations will commence depending on when the owners were issued with the recall notice; this means that some owners’ cars could be deregistered next month. 

Around two-thirds of affected Volkswagens in Germany have had the fix applied. According to a Volkswagen spokesman, the fix is not expected to reach a 100% rate, due to some affected cars having been written off or being untraceable by the government, but the rate is climbing. 

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25 July 2017

So it's not a safety issue in the UK? We are an absolute joke of a country...

25 July 2017
JnrMofo wrote:

So it's not a safety issue in the UK? We are an absolute joke of a country...

It isnt a safety issue, the vehicles are not dangerous, they will not spontaneously erupt into flames if not fiddled with, unlike certain Vauxhalls.

If I was in possesion of a VW that needed fixing, it would already have been traded in, let the dealer or next owner decide what to do with it. 

25 July 2017
Citytiger wrote:

JnrMofo wrote:

So it's not a safety issue in the UK? We are an absolute joke of a country...

It isnt a safety issue, the vehicles are not dangerous, they will not spontaneously erupt into flames if not fiddled with, unlike certain Vauxhalls.

If I was in possesion of a VW that needed fixing, it would already have been traded in, let the dealer or next owner decide what to do with it. 

What would you buy instead - the finger has been pointed at all brands - to deflect criticism of the EU-NEDC test which is the real problem as it's simply unrealistic in the real world - gives stupid figures for PHEVs as well.

25 July 2017
Ruperts Trooper wrote:

What would you buy instead - the finger has been pointed at all brands.........

Care to show the evidence against BMW?

26 July 2017
Ruperts Trooper wrote:

What would you buy instead - the finger has been pointed at all brands 

Same question, can you show any evidence against Volvo, Ford,  PSA, JLR, Vauxhall, Toyota, Mazda...

25 July 2017
Citytiger wrote:

JnrMofo wrote:

So it's not a safety issue in the UK? We are an absolute joke of a country...

It isnt a safety issue, the vehicles are not dangerous, they will not spontaneously erupt into flames if not fiddled with, unlike certain Vauxhalls.

If I was in possesion of a VW that needed fixing, it would already have been traded in, let the dealer or next owner decide what to do with it. 

 

This is potentially debatable - couple of VAG fires cropping up and diesel run away issues. A site is dedicated to post fix vehicles. One of the concerns raised is long and continuous regens at regular intervals, placing extra stress on compenonents not designed to now in a different t way as a new pattern/cycle is introduced. 

Pre fix no issues on heat generation post fix - debatable 

25 July 2017

Can You share the URL ?

26 July 2017
Jimbbobw1977 wrote:

Citytiger wrote:

JnrMofo wrote:

So it's not a safety issue in the UK? We are an absolute joke of a country...

It isnt a safety issue, the vehicles are not dangerous, they will not spontaneously erupt into flames if not fiddled with

This is potentially debatable - couple of VAG fires cropping up and diesel run away issues. A site is dedicated to post fix vehicles. 

Pre fix no issues on heat generation post fix - debatable 

like I said - they will not spontaneously erupt into flames if not fiddled with. Sorry perhaps I should have said "fixed" not fiddled

 

25 July 2017

Wow!  Volkswagen deceive their customers and the authorities by selling  a vehicle which isn't what they say it is, then say they will fix it, but the fix maybe compromises the vehicle so as a customer you might not want to have it done, so the authorities say in that case they will de-register your vehicle so you can't use it. Who'd be a Volkswagen customer?

25 July 2017

Time to start an Adblue refinery.

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