A spokesperson for Jaguar Land Rover confirmed the recall to Fleet World, adding: "These vehicle specifications are no longer in production, and we will continue to invest in class-leading petrol and diesel technologies".
JLR is yet to reveal why some models exceed Carbon dioxide limits; the 2.0-litre petrol and diesel motors were understood to officially conform with the latest emissions limits when they were introduced as part of the Ingenium line-up that arrived in 2015. The scope of repairs involves software updates as well as physical alterations, with some Range Rover Evoque models possibly requiring new tyres. The company will contact the owners of the affected vehicles to arrange for free-of-charge repairs.
In the United Kingdom, after concerns first emerged, JLR worked with Britain's Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA), the country's type approval authority, to identify the scale of the problem and the actions needed.
Neil Barlow, head of vehicle engineering at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), which administers vehicle recalls, said: "DVSA's priority is to protect everyone from unsafe drivers and vehicles".
All European vehicle manufacturers are under pressure to reduce the average emissions of their new cars from 118.5g of Carbon dioxide per kilometre to less than 95g by 2021.
JLR's recall is not likely to have a material impact on the vehicle maker's finances.
In January the firm confirmed it is cutting 4,500 jobs, with the substantial majority coming from its 40,000 strong United Kingdom workforce. Only the headline has been changed.
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