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Volkswagen Group states 1.2 million UK vehicles affected by emissions scandal

The Volkswagen Group has released figures stating that nearly 1.2 million vehicles in the UK are affected by the emissions scandal - nearly ten per cent of those affected worldwide.

A statement released this morning said: "In the coming days, the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) details of affected cars will be released to retailers. In addition, a self-serve process for customers to check if their vehicle is affected will be set up."

The specific numbers of vehicles in the UK are as follows:
Volkswagen Passenger Cars – 508,276
Audi – 393,450
Seat – 76,773
Škoda – 131,569
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles – 79,838

The company has reiterated that all new vehicles currently on sale using Euro 6 engines are unaffected, along with all petrol models, as well as V6 TDI and V8 TDI models.

The statement added: "Affected customers will be contacted with details of a process to get their vehicles corrected in the near future. In the meantime, all vehicles are technically safe and roadworthy."

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  • Sage & Onion - 30/09/2015 14:24

    What is the effect of having the vehicle corrected? Will it become more polluting? Will it become less fuel efficient? Will it pass the current emissions smoke test on the MOT? Depending on the answers, some customers may opt not to have their vehicle corrected. And then there's the customers that have had their engines chipped or re-mapped on the aftermarket. Will they want them corrected?

  • Paul - 30/09/2015 15:02

    I deliberately selected the 140hp Superb over the 170hp version because of the lower emissions, and the subsequent tax i would pay. I must admit the 140hp is sometimes lacking when overtaking slow moving traffic. When the vehicle is recalled for a software update to reduce the emissions to the advertised levels I can only see they will de-tune the engine giving less power than the 140hp I based my purchase on. If there was another way to do this surely they would have done it in the first place rather than trying to cheat the system. If this is the case will Volkswagen take my car back, or exchange it for Euro 6 version as it was clearly miss sold in the first place? Of course my 2014 159A engine Skoda may not be one of those affected??

    • Christopher Smith - 30/09/2015 15:04

      Volkswagen has, at present only stated the issue is with the EA189 engine.

      • Paul - 30/09/2015 15:38

        Sorry Christopher, EA189 Engine, where did 159A come from, must of been thinking of the Alfa 159 I changed for the Skoda

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