Consumer group claims Volkswagen engine fix ‘makes emissions worse’

July 11, 2016

A technical fix for Volkswagen cars affected by the ‘Dieselgate’ scandal needs urgent review because it makes vehicle emissions worse and breaks legal limits, a consumer group claims.

The fix has been officially approved for millions of vehicles which were revealed to have been fitted with so-called ‘defeat devices’ designed to cheat official emissions tests.

Italian consumer group Altroconsumo returned an Audi Q5 for the work to be carried out and discovered that the vehicle exceeded EU emissions limits by 25% when work was complete.

A spokesman dismissed the fix as inadequate and instead called for consumers to be given compensation instead.

The organisation wants legal action against Volkswagen to claim compensation for drivers which is equivalent to 15% of the purchase price of their cars.

Volkswagen chief executive Matthias Mueller has resisted calls for a compensation programme for more than 8 million drivers using affected diesels in Europe, as the size of the bill would threaten to ‘overwhelm’ the firm.

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