Volkswagen says it will recall up to 11 million vehicles in an attempt to move on from the scandal over attempts to cheat tests involving its diesel engines.
As well as VW-branded vehicles, the devices were also fitted to a wide range of other makes and models owned by the parent group, including around 400,000 Audis, 77,00 Seats and 130,00 Skodas.
Nearly half of all Audi diesels on United Kingdom roads are affected by the emissions scandal and will be recalled for modification. “In the meantime, all vehicles are technically safe and roadworthy”.
Emissions were as much as 40 times higher than test results in the lab, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Volkswagen announced Tuesday that it will be repairing up to 11 million vehicles in an attempt to salvage its damaged reputation following its recent emission scandal.
Volswagen said: “Step by step, affected customers will be contacted, with details of a process to get their vehicles corrected in the near future“. The company said the total number of vehicles affected comes to 1,189,906.
The charity’s chief executive, Dr Penny Woods, said: ” It is clear there is a dire need for a commitment to routine, independent real-world testing on all cars. Is there still more to this than we are being told?
He added that the company was strong and that rebuilding trust – and ensuring the majority of the 600,000 workers at the vehicle giant were not blamed – was its priority.
The letter said the fitting of defeat devices in VW vehicles “undoubtedly amounts to a misrepresentation and a breach of contract” and demanded a meeting with the company’s bosses.
Nissan, the UK’s biggest auto maker, said its model used in the test had an older Euro 5 engine rather than a new one compliant to Euro 6 emissions regulations.
The affected vehicles include 77,580 Volkswagen cars, 27,649 Audi cars, 19,947 Skoda cars and 21,963 Volkswagen commercial vehicles, according to a statement by the importing company Harald A. Moller AS.