Volkswagen working on new four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines post dieselgate scandal

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After the dieselgate scandal, Volkswagen is now preparing new four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. A senior Wolfsburg official told AutoCar UK that the new petrol and diesel engines would be unveiled at the Vienna Motor Symposium in April, and would reach the production line in 2017.

According to the new report from the British publication, a new four-cylinder 1.5-litre engine will replace the 1.6-litre oil burner that was at the centre of the dieselgate scandal. On the other hand, a new turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine would soon be replacing Volkswagen’s current turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder motor.

The report suggests that the new engine will use the latest direct injection petrol and common-rail diesel processes along with a modular aluminium crankcase and cylinder head. The new generation motors would be used on various brands under the Volkswagen group and on the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf facelift.

Dieselgate, one of the biggest automotive scandals in recent times, involves the Volkswagen Group, who’re looking at fines of up to USD 18 billion for violating US diesel emission norms since 2009. The company rigged their diesel cars with a “defeat device”. The software turned on full pollution controls only when the car was undergoing official emissions testing. According to estimations, the cars pollute 10 times to 40 times the legal limits during normal driving.

Back in September 2015, Volkswagen Passenger Cars Head Dr. Herbert Diess said that the company is working at full speed on a technical solution that they will present to partners, to customers and to the public as swiftly as possible.

Source: AutoCar UK

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