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Emissions scandal ‘not an industry-wide’ issue, says SMMT

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The body which represents the UK automotive industry, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), says there is no evidence to suggest other carmakers have been disguising pollution levels.

Pressure is mounting on Volkswagen after it admitted that 11 million diesel cars sold worldwide were fitted with software that disguises pollution levels during testing.

The SMMT said in a statement: “The UK automotive industry understands the concerns consumers may have following the actions of one manufacturer in regard to emissions testing and the subsequent decision to recall a large number of its cars.

“This is, however, an issue affecting just one company and there is no evidence to suggest that any other company is involved, let alone that this is an industry-wide issue.”

The SMMT says consumers should be reassured that cars sold in the UK must comply with strict European laws. “All cars must complete a standard emissions test, which, unlike in the US, is independently witnessed by a government-appointed independent agency,” the SMMT continued.

“On the separate on-going debate about real world testing, industry accepts that the current test method for cars is out of date and is seeking agreement from the European Commission for a new emissions test that embraces new testing technologies and which is more representative of on-road conditions.”

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  • Nigel Boyle - 23/09/2015 12:11

    There is only one thing that matters here - they lied to the Americans. This will cost them dearly and I would not be surprised if the brand disappears. VW is dead, long live Audi, Porsche, Skoda, Seat, Bentley, Lamborghini, Bugatti ,MAN ,Scania.......

  • Al - 23/09/2015 16:08

    VAG - Variable Actual Gallons

  • Roger - 24/09/2015 10:55

    What really really matters is Corporate Culture and professional environmental responsibility and integrity, within a company with global reach. According to jalopnik.com "During the course of the EPA and CARB investigations, VW agreed to a voluntary recall of nearly 500,000 TDI cars last December to implement a software patch they claimed would fix the issue. CARB reports that while this patch did reduce emissions somewhat, nitrogen oxides were still “significantly higher than expected.”......". Based on this, it would at first sight appear that VW were not able to fully face-up to the issue when it surfaced.

  • John Kaufman - 24/09/2015 15:23

    The SMMT advises that random pollution testing of vehicles by manufacturer or model in Europe ensures an honest test. This rather glib statement is clearly incorrect if all the vehicles produced (again by manufacturer or model) are modified illegally in the same way to allow false results.

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