The Dieselgate fix for cars implicated in the Volkswagen emissions scandal may be ineffective, according to the findings of an Italian consumer group.
Altroconsumo, which tested an Audi Q5 to analyse the effects of the Dieselgate fix offered by VW, found that after the defeat device was removed, NOx emissions were 25% higher than before. The fix imposed on European cars affected by the scandal currently involves a software update for 1.2 and 2.0-litre engines, while 1.6-litre units require a new flow transformer in addition to the software tweaks.
The Italian consumer group is a member of the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC), which issued a statement regarding the findings: “This is another blow for EU consumers and a new dimension of the VW scandal. This test by our Italian member clearly demonstrates that VW’s solution to deactivate the defeat device is not reliable.
“It is imperative that the German testing agency who approved the fix, but also their national counterparts, urgently re-examine the solutions to repair the affected cars and that they publish these results. Consumers need to be 100% certain that their car will be in conformity with emission thresholds after the recall.