Volkswagen have finally announced a fix for the emission scandal, better known as DieselGate.
The affected 1.6TDI equipped models require a mesh which VW called a “flow transformer” to be installed directly in front of the mass airflow sensor. The mesh significantly reduces turbulent air and therefore improves the accuracy of its readings. Additionally a software upgrade will be applied as the fix is applied. The process is very simple and it is estimated the entire process should take less than one hour.
Customers with 2.0-litre engines will not require the flow transformer, they will only require a software upgrade to get inline with emission standards. The software upgrade should only take 30 minutes to apply and is considered a straight-forward and customer-friendly task.
No official word has been made for the 1.2-litre engine. However, an announcement regarding a software patch is expected at the end of the month.
The recall will begin in January of 2016 and the company expects that fixing the affected models will extend over the whole calendar year.