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Worldwide emission scandal: ARAI plans on-road tests on Volkswagen vehicles

The German car manufacturer has been at the centre of a worldwide emission scandal, which has forced it to recall 11 million vehicles.

Written by Parthasarathi Biswas | Pune | Updated: October 7, 2015 9:21 am

Pune-based Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) will carry out on-road tests on Volkswagen vehicles to check emission levels. Heavy Industries Minister Anant Geete, while speaking to The Indian Express, said the institute would submit the reports in a month after which the government would take a decision.

The German car manufacturer has been at the centre of a worldwide emission scandal, which has forced it to recall 11 million vehicles. The scandal related to the presence of a software, which tricked the emission norms of diesel vehicles.

An official statement by the carmaker has said the discrepancies relate to vehicles with Type EA 189 engines. This engine is used in a variety of vehicles, including Jetta, Beetle and Audi A3. While the company has refused to comment about the effect of the ongoing scandal in India, it agreed that its earning targets will be adjusted accordingly.

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ARAI officials said the initial test reports had been submitted to the government and that more time would be required to conduct further tests. Geete said the institute would conduct on-road tests on various vehicles of the car manufacturer. “We have asked them to conduct the tests thoroughly. Other than conducting the tests in a controlled environment, we have asked them to carry out on-road tests,” he said.

Emission norms the carmaker is said to have flouted are those prescribed in the Euro VI norms. Current Indian emission norms (BS IV), ARAI officials said, would not be as stringent as those.

Other than testing the emission norms, Geete said the government had written to the company to share engine details. “We are keeping a close watch on the situation and, once the test reports are received, we will take further action,” he said.

Almost two years ago, General Motors was forced to recall over 1 lakh vehicles when tests by ARAI found them to flout emission norms.

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