The latest announcement from Volkswagen on the emissions-rigging scandal has revealed that a total of 1.18 million cars and vans in the UK are fitted with a ‘defeat device’.
The diesel vehicles include 508,276 Volkswagen cars, 393,450 Audis, 76,773 Seats, 131,569 Škodas and 79,838 Volkswagen commercial vehicles – all manufactured between 2009 and 2015 and contain ‘EA 189 EU5’ engines.
Withdrawn from sale
The company has withdrawn 4,000 new cars from sale in the UK but has remained silent on consumer concerns about how they will be affected by the biggest scandal in VW’s history.
Speaking to Auto Express, VW said: “Some [questions] can’t be answered for legal reasons, others can’t be answered for technical reasons.
“We think it’s going to be weeks rather than months before people find out what the technical fix is.”
Owners of affected cars will be contacted by VW “step-by-step with details of a process to get their vehicles corrected in the near future.”
During a speech to a National Air Quality Conference last week, SMMT Chief Executive, Mike Hawes said: “Consumers are right to be concerned following the events of the past ten days.
“But we must remember, the actions of one company do not mean collusion.
“Implicating other brands or companies would be unfair and wrong.”
Volkswagen’s chairman, Hans Dieter Poetsch has warned that the scandal poses “an existence-threatening crisis for the company”, as it attempts to rebuild its shattered reputation with a new media campaign launched in Germany this week.
One advertisement read: “We just want to say one thing: We will do everything to win back your trust.”
Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin said: “The government’s priority is to protect the public and I understand VW are contacting all UK customers affected.
“I have made clear to the managing director, this needs to happen as soon as possible.
“The government expects VW to set out quickly next steps it will take to correct the problem and support owners of these vehicles already purchased in the UK.”
The German government has given Volkswagen until October 7 to set out how it intends to fix the problem.
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