Automotive News Europe reports that VW board member Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz, at a meeting with consumer commissioner Vera Jourova, committed to a plan to inform affected customers by the end of the year on a need for a technical fix for its vehicles that emit more than the EU's allowed amount of nitrogen oxide, stated Jourova's spokesman.
While affected VW owners in the US have the option to join the class action suit against the automaker in which the owners will get a portion of the $14.7 billion settlement plan, affected owners in Europe only have the option to get the vehicles fixed. As Automotive News Europe points out, this isn't necessarily fair, and European owners are claiming (correctly) that owners in the US are being treated differently. Earlier this year, reports of the EU pressuring VW into compensating the roughly 8.5 million diesel owners in Europe emerged.
Earlier this year, Car Throttle reported on how VW plans to fix its emissions-cheating vehicles in Europe. The automaker has been working on a fix for the 1.2-, 1.6-, and 2.0-liter diesel engines in Europe, with the first fix reportedly being applied to the 1.6-liter engine. The fix, as Car Throttle points out, comes in the form of a "flow transformer" that will be fitted to the front of the air mass sensor. The transformer claims to stabilize incoming airflow, which would allow for a more precise measurement. The transformer is essentially a pipe with mesh in it. In addition to the transformer, the engines will receive a software update, as well.
A previous report by Automotive News Europe claims VW is barely making any progress with fixing its emissions-cheating diesels as the automaker fixed less than 10 percent of vehicles in Europe. The automaker looks to have the majority of the affected vehicles to be fixed by this year, but an undesignated number of cars will have to wait.
In the US, VW and the California Air Resources Board started testing a fix for the affected vehicles in August. The fix for the 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engines is expected to include hardware, as well as software updates.
Autoblog reached out to VW for comment, but the automaker didn't respond immediately.