Volkswagen has received regulatory approval to recall more than 800,000 vehicles affected by the emissions-cheating scandal.
The recall will start with two-litre Passat, CC and Eos models fitted with EA 189 diesel engines.
Germany’s motor vehicle authority KBA had halted the recall of Passat models, as it was concerned that Volkswagen’s proposed fix would increase fuel consumption. The automaker has since said that the fixes will not result in any changes to consumption, performance or noise emissions.
Volkswagen expect to receive approval for high-volume models with affected two-litre diesel engines in the near future. However, the marque says that recalls of cars with 1.2-litre engines, which was planned for the second quarter, will be delayed.
Volkswagen says that software updates on affected 1.2-litre, 1.6-litre and two-litre vehicles, as well as hardware fixes for about a third of the 8.5 million affected cars in Europe, would be finished by the end of the year. Currently, only 50,000 diesel vehicles have been fixed.