Volkswagen to refit vehicles in wake of diesel emissions scandal

Volkswagen Ireland has pledged to inform up to 80,000 Irish drivers of diesel-engined, Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda and Seat as to whether their vehicles need to be re-fitted to remove software used to distort diesel emission readings.


Around 508,276 Volkswagen cars are affected with 393,450 Audis, 76,773 Seat vehicles and 131,569 Skodas as well as 79,838 Volkswagen commercial vehicles.

VW has admitted that 11 million of its diesel vehicles worldwide were fitted with the software.

Step by step, affected customers will be contacted, with details of a process to get their vehicles corrected in the near future.

Meanwhile the firm has announced it will contact 1.2 million VW owners in the United Kingdom to arrange for their vehicles to be “corrected”.

How many vehicles have the defeat device software that conned USA emissions testers? The software, which cheated emission tests to let cars pass that actually produce more emission gasses than is legally allowed, is thought to be installed in 1,189,906 cars in the UK.

Volkswagen’s commercial vehicles division says 1.8 million of its vehicles are among those affected by the emissions-rigging scandal.

The company said the technical solutions and measures would be presented to responsible authorities in October, Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday.

“We’ve actually haven’t had any customers mention it to us and the Volkswagen brand would be a very strong seller for us”.

News of the scandal broke at a time when prices were already under pressure from an excess supply of Volkswagen cars in Britain as the company sought to increase its market share, Pontin said.

Prosecutors in Germany announced that their investigation of the scandal has not yet uncovered any evidence against former VW chief executive Martin Winterkorn.


“Customers with these vehicles will be kept informed over the coming weeks and months”. Audi’s spokesman said the complexities of the world’s various homologation requirements made it hard to locate all of the cars as fast as they would like to. He will be replaced by Matthias Müller, the boss of Porsche.

Volkswagen said it would tell customers how to get their cars corrected. Image PA