Updated: November 4, 2015 2:24:29 pm
Government will on Wednesday issue notice to Volkswagen Group over “significant variations” that have been found by testing agency ARAI in on-road emission levels, compared to laboratory measurements, of the firm’s three diesel models in India — Jetta, Audi A4 and Vento.
“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.
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The findings are a part of the report submitted to the Heavy Industries Ministry by apex testing agency ARAI, which earlier began a probe in India into Volkswagen’s emission standards after a manipulation scandal hit the German auto major in the US and several other countries.
The ARAI report was submitted on Tuesday. The Automotive Research Association of India provides technical expertise in R&D, testing, certification, homologation and framing of vehicle regulations.
If proved of any wrongdoing in India, the world’s largest car-maker may have to face criminal proceedings, fine and recall of vehicles, Sharma had said earlier.
VW has admitted that 11 million diesel engine cars worldwide were fitted with the software that helped in manipulating emission tests. It faces fine of up to $18 billion in the US.
Volkswagen India is also likely to issue a recall, which might affect over 100,000 vehicles across the company’s product portfolio, a highly placed industry expert had told The Indian Express on the condition of anonymity.
In India, the under-investigation EA 189 (1.2-litre, 1.5-litre, 1.6-litre, and 2.0-litre) TDI engine which had the defeat device software installed, is in application across the Volkswagen and Skoda range of cars in India, and even a number of Audi models. There wasn’t, however, any word of confirmation from Volkswagen or Skoda on the matter.
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