VOLKSWAGEN has revealed that more than 1.1 million of its vehicles in the United Kingdom are affected by the diesel emissions scandal.
VW admitted 11 million of its diesel vehicles worldwide were fitted with defeat device software which conned testers into believing their vehicles met environmental standards.
VW said it was a temporary measure and that it meant to return the vehicles for sale once a fix is identified for the cars. The company has said throughout the ordeal that the cars are safe to drive, and it appears executives are confident that its cars can be refitted to pass the EPA-mandated emissions tests.
In a statement, the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI), which is responsible for motor vehicles and petrol station approvals, said that it would be pursuing the issue. Volkswagen in Sweden said 224,746 vehicles of those brands that had been sold in the Nordic country were affected.
The massive emissions scandal has severely affected the reputation of Volkswagen, which is widely considered as one of the world’s top automakers.
The site is also where updates will be posted regarding the action the VW Group will be taking to remedy the problem.
Volkswagen also say that up to 30,000 used imports on Irish roads may have the software in their engine management system.
This included a number of vehicles produced by its subsidiaries Audi, Seat, and Skoda.
In Europe, investigations centre on a VW diesel engine type used in certain models of Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda, and SEAT.
As the Volkswagen Group includes several brands which share parts, it is not just vehicles with VW badges on that have been affected.
The company has announced plans to contact 1.2 million VW owners in Britain to arrange for their vehicles to be “corrected”.
The changes will slightly increase emissions levels and decrease fuel efficiency, officials added, but both will still meet environmental guidelines. This would affect 3,320 vehicles now in stock.