The Volkswagen Touareg with the Euro 6 3.0 litre diesel engine is being recalled after German authorities found new emissions defeat devices fitted.
It’s more than two years since the VW Defeat Device scandal broke, and nearly put VW under.
Despite owning up to millions of cars with illegal software to manipulate emissions during testing, the saga is still rolling on, with more cars from VW being found to have illegal software to manipulate emissions.
Earlier this year, German authorities forced Porsche to recall the Cayenne diesel over defeat devices, and now the order has come from the KBA to force Volkswagen to recall 56,700 Touareg SUVs with the 3.0 lite Euro 6 diesel engine.
It seems the 3.0 litre diesel in the Touareg has two illicit devices fitted, designed to alter how the car works in the real world, reducing emissions control unless the car is in a test situation.
KBA – the German Automotive Watchdog – said that a warming-up mode which reduced emissions in test situations on a rolling road mostly didn’t work when the car was on the road.
They also said that Touaregs with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) were able to reduce the amounts of AdBlue injected – which lowers NOx emissions – under some circumstances.
It seems VW has a ‘fix’ for the issues, and all 56,700 cars will be re-programmed to comply. About half of the affected Touaregs are in Germany, but we have no figures yet for how many UK cars are affected.