The Volkswagen group is getting no respite from any quarters. Just a day after US EPA accused of Audi and Porsche engines too having the defeat device software, the Indian government has issued notice to Volkswagen as cars tested in India failed the emissions test.
“ARAI has found significant variations in the emission level in on-road vehicles as compared to the laboratory measurements. We are issuing a notice to Volkswagen Group of companies today to give technical inputs and explain their position,” Ambuj Sharma, additional secretary, Heavy Industries Ministry told PTI.
“Significant variations in the emission levels have been found in diesel vehicles belonging to the Jetta, Audi A4 and Vento models. We will give them (Volkswagen) 15-21 days to reply to the notice. We are expecting a reply from them by month-end, with detailed technical inputs from their HQ in Germany,” Sharma said.
The company responded with a brief statement. “Volkswagen Group India will continue to fully cooperate with the Government of India in this matter,” the company spokesperson said.
Volkswagen’s EA288 engines along with EA189 have been accused of having been equipped with the software which altered the emissions up to 40 times the permissible limit in the USA. The company recently stopped selling all diesel engine models in USA after the accusations voluntarily, going on to inspect the engines.
The company had issued a statement on 30th October stating that all vehicles sold in India are road worthy, but after the report, it seems to be the opposite. The German manufacturer has time until 30th November to respond to the notice issued by the government of India.
The scandal broke out when US EPA accused a staggering 11 million cars were fitted with ‘defeat device’ which could cheat the authorities during official emission tests, while, in the real world, the emissions would be as much as 40 times the official limit for better driving dynamics and efficiency.