It has been revealed by German transport ministry officials that 3.6 million cars from the Volkswagen Group in Europe will require a hardware fix as part of the ongoing Volkswagen dieselgate scandal.

The engine at the centre of the issue is the 1.6-litre diesel EA189 four-cylinder available across a number of Volkswagen, Seat, Skoda and Audi models. It has emerged that in order to fix the issue, Volkswagen won’t have to simply employ software tweaks and instead, more expensive changes will be required when recalls kick off in January next year.

Volkswagen’s U.S. Boss Michael Horn recently announced that changes to the catalytic converters and/or the Selective Catalytic Reduction AdBlue urea injection system will be required to resolve the issues and ensure the models can pass strict U.S. emissions tests. The changes will slightly reduce the top speed of the models in question.

Of the 3.6 million vehicles affected across Europe, 1.2 million of them reside in the United Kingdom.

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