BERLIN (AP) — Germany's transport minister says some of the Volkswagen vehicles with engines containing suspect software will need a hardware fix that won't be ready until September 2016.
Minister Alexander Dobrindt spoke Wednesday evening after the automaker replied to German authorities' demand to present a timetable for a solution. He said it spoke of a recall for vehicles with 2-liter, 1.6-liter and 1.2-liter engines.
Dobrindt says VW said the 2-liter engines will need a software update that should be ready before the year's end and be installed from the beginning of 2016. He says 1.6-liter vehicles will need "an engineering modification that according to Volkswagen shouldn't be expected before September 2016."
The minister says there are some 3.6 million 1.6-liter cars in Europe. He didn't say what fix 1.2-liter cars will require.