VW aims to clean up petrol mo­tors

Rutherglen Reformer - - Drive time extra - Fit­ting fil­ters

The VW group is con­tin­u­ing with moves to clean up its en­gines and has an­nounced it will be fit­ting par­tic­u­late fil­ters to petrol cars from June next year.

The com­pany, still reel­ing from the ‘diesel­gate’ scan­dal where it ad­mit­ted cheat­ing over CO2 read­outs from its diesel en­gines, says the fil­ters will re­duce soot emis­sions by up to 90 per cent.

Such fil­ters are al­ready used on diesel en­gines to re­move harm­ful par­ti­cles from ex­haust gasses and VW now plans to in­tro­duce them on petrol mod­els start­ing with the 1.4-litre TSI Tiguan SUV and the 2.0-litre TFSI Audi A5 coupe.

Dr Ul­rich Eich­horn, head of group re­search and devel­op­ment for Volk­swa­gen, said: “Fol­low­ing in­creases in ef­fi­ciency and lower CO2 out­put, we are now bring­ing about a sus­tained re­duc­tion in the emis­sion lev­els of our mod­ern petrol en­gines by fit­ting par­tic­u­late fil­ters as stan­dard.”

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