http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/indus ... gularitiesOf the 1.2 million affected cars in the UK, Willis said 400,000 - believed to be those with the 1.6-litre version of the EA189 diesel engine - would need additional corrective work beyond a software upgrade, including new fuel injectors, and that this would "take a longer period of time".
However, he said that the installation of exhaust after-treatments, likely to be fitted to some cars affected in the US in the form of a urea tank, would not be necessary in the UK. "My understanding is that the addition of urea tanks is not part of the solution in Europe," he stated. "There's a different technical configuration on the cars and different technical regulations apply. My understanding is that the costs are different, too."
The remaining 700,000-odd units - 2.0-litre diesels and around 30,000 1.2-litre diesels - can be fixed by software patches alone.
Speaking to Autocar, a DfT spokesman confirmed that the UK won't follow the example set by the German authorities in issuing a mandatory recall for affected cars. Volkswagen has already started a voluntary recall program for cars in this country, but the DfT has made clear that "this is VW's position and VW's problem."
So, no Urea tanks for European cars, new injectors for 1.6l diesels and software changes for the rest, including my 1.2l diesel. Presumably because EU regulations were less strict to start with.
The recall won't be mandatory in the UK, so the UK general public can go and quietly die of NOx poisoning. That should save VW a few hundred million. VW claims MPG won't be affected, so presumably performance will be cut instead. Given the acceleration on my car is class trailing already, that will be an interesting experience.
With the incorrect CO2 emissions vehicles, which may face higher tax bands, VW is offering a buyback option 'at market price' for affected vehicles. Is this the 'buy before scandal hit' price, or the 'sell after scandal hit ' price?
I will probably will get my car fixed. I don't want to poison passers by, and I certainly want VW to suffer financially. I do not know if it will be worth more or less after the fix, but it won't be much either way, and I don't plan selling it any time soon anyway. If I buy electric I will need to keep it for longer distance journeys.
Suing VW for a few hundred in compensation is just too much like hard work.