VW emissions scandal: Audi, Skoda in addition to VW reveal affected car numbers
Source : VW emissions scandal: Audi, Skoda in addition to VW reveal affected car numbers
More than one million Audis affected in Europe; Skoda in addition to VW yet to reveal European figures
Audi, Skoda in addition to VW have revealed how many of their vehicles are affected by the VW Group emissions scandal although they have yet to reveal how many are affected the item different countries around the earth.
In a statement, Audi revealed 2.1 million of its vehicles worldwide are affected by the Volkswagen emissions scandal, with 1.42 million of those cars in Western Europe. The A1, A3, A4, A5, A6, TT, Q3 in addition to Q5 design lines are affected by the scandal. Over 500,000 of the affected cars are in Germany, having a further 13,000 within the US.
Skoda has also revealed that will 1.2 million of its cars worldwide are affected by the scandal, nevertheless hasn’t declared how many of those are within Europe.
Volkswagen has confirmed that will 5m of the 11m cars affected are VWs. In a statement, the firm said: “The internal evaluation revealed that will approximately a few million Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand vehicles are affected worldwide. Certain designs in addition to design years of these vehicles (such as the sixth generation Volkswagen Golf, the seventh generation Volkswagen Passat in addition to the first generation Volkswagen Tiguan) are equipped exclusively with type EA189 diesel engines.
“As previously announced, all completely new Volkswagen Passenger Car brand vehicles that will fulfill the EU6 norm valid throughout Europe are not affected. that will therefore also includes the current Golf, Passat in addition to Touran designs.”
To date, the item has only been confirmed that will 480,000 VWs will be recalled within the USA.
Herbert Diess, CEO of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand said: “We are working at full speed on a technical solution that will we will present to partners, to our customers in addition to to the public as swiftly as possible. Our aim is usually to inform our customers as quickly as possible, doing sure that will their vehicles comply fully with regulations. I assure you that will Volkswagen will do everything humanly possible to win back the trust of our customers, the dealerships in addition to the public.”
The statement concluded by saying that will the firm will establish where affected cars are in addition to put in place remedial work. “We are working intensively on remedial measures in close coordination with the certification authorities. The vehicles are in addition to remain technically safe in addition to roadworthy,” the item said.
‘European cars are affected’
These latest details come just days after German transport minister Alexander Dobrindt confirmed that will Volkswagen’s emissions data manipulation software was present on cars sold in Europe.
The news followed VW’s admission last week that will up to 11 million vehicles around the earth – in addition to a few million coming from VW alone – could be involved within the emissions rigging scandal, which is usually currently focused on cars fitted with the EA189 diesel engine.
Dobrindt told Sky News: “We have been informed that will also in Europe, vehicles with 1.6 in addition to 2.0 litre diesel engines are affected by the manipulations that will are being talked about.”
VW has already confirmed that will all of its cars sold with EU6 compliant engines have been legally certified.
VW’s global meltdown
There have been calls for governmental probes in to VW’s actions coming from around the earth since the firm admitted cheating within the US emissions tests, including in Canada, Germany, Italy, South Korea, UK in addition to the USA. The UK government has already announced the item will launch an inquiry into the scandal.
VW has put aside a fund of €6.5bn (approximately £4.7bn) to cover the costs of dealing with the issue, in addition to says the item will adjust its financial targets for 2015 as a result. The matter came to light when the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in addition to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) revealed that will while testing 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel cars of the Volkswagen Group they detected electronic manipulations that will violate American environmental standards.
The cost of shares within the Volkswagen Group on the Frankfurt stock exchange fell sharply following the EPA’s announcement of its findings, in addition to about 30 billion euros has been wiped off the value of the company. The share cost dropped again on Wednesday morning as the item emerged that will various other countries in addition to regions are likely to check whether Volkswagen designs conform to their own tests – although there were some signs of the stock value stabilising.
Volkswagen in addition to Audi cars within the USA are fitted having a ‘defeat device’ that will allows the vehicle to perform more efficiently within the official emissions test than in real-world driving conditions. The device is usually embedded within the software code that will runs the ECU. the item detects when the auto is usually being tested in addition to turns on full emissions controls, nevertheless the effectiveness of the device is usually reduced in normal conditions.
Reports have since surfaced that will Volkswagen was warned about the legality of its software as far back as 2007.
According to the EPA, that will means that will the cars under investigation could be emitting up to 40 times the national standard for nitrogen oxide (NOx), which is usually linked to asthma in addition to lung illnesses. The cars affected are 2009-2014 Jettas, Beetles, Golfs, Audi A3s, in addition to VW Passats built coming from 2014-15.
The EPA says that will the cars in question do not prove a safety hazard in addition to are still legally okay to drive in addition to sell on.
The issue will be investigated by the US Congress’s Oversight in addition to Investigations Subcommittee.
“Strong emissions standards are in place for the benefit of public health,” said House Energy in addition to Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton in addition to Oversight in addition to Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy in a joint statement.
“Manufacturers throughout the United States, in addition to across the earth, have developed leading technologies to reduce airborne emissions within the limits set by EPA in addition to state environmental agencies. However, reported EPA allegations that will certain Volkswagen designs contained software to defeat auto emissions tests raise serious questions,” they said.
“We will follow the facts. We are also concerned that will auto consumers may have been deceived – that will what they were purchasing did not come as advertised. The American people deserve answers in addition to assurances that will that will will not happen again. We intend to get those answers.”
A date for the US Congress hearing has yet to be set.
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