VW Gets German Regulator’s Approval to Fix 460,000 Diesel Autos

  • Approval includes models of Volkswagen Polo, Seat Ibiza
  • 8.5 million cars in Europe affected by emissions scandal

Volkswagen AG got German regulatory approval to carry out technical fixes on 460,000 diesel cars fitted with software that cheats emissions tests.

The approval from the Federal Motor Transport Authority applies to models with 1.2-liter EA189 engines including Volkswagen Polo and Seat Ibiza, the German carmaker said in a statement on Sunday. Germany’s approval is valid for countries throughout Europe.

Volkswagen embarked on one of the biggest recalls in automotive history last year with 8.5 million affected cars in Europe after a U.S. investigation found software to cheat emissions tests in the EA189 engine. German regulators have already cleared about 4.5 million vehicles in a process Volkswagen expects to complete by the end of this year, VW brand chief Herbert Diess told N-TV earlier this month.

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