Due to the lack of qualified engineers, Volkswagen may have problems with the certification of engines for WLTP. This new standard will come into force from September this year.
According to VW’s CEO Herbert Diess, it could lead to production problems and ‘bottlenecks’ for individual models.
Volkswagen has been experiencing a strong outflow of specialists in powertrains since the very beginning of Dieselgate.
Mr. Diess claims certification of engines for road cars is much more difficult now. The regulators have become more exacting in terms of harmful emissions of test vehicles. According VW’s CEO, they even wonder what tires are installed, and whether the air conditioner runs during the testing.
In June Volkswagen warned shareholders that due to a new test cycle it could not reach the planned production volume. Elimination of problems caused by the WLTP entry will cost the company more than one billion euros.
Previously Porsche informed dealers that it would delay market launch of some models due to the fact that it would not have time to certify them according to new standards.
Source: Automotive News Europe
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