1.2m cars affected by VolksWagen emissions device in UK
Around 1.2 million Volkswagen vehicles in the UK are involved in the diesel emissions scandal. This accounts to one in ten diesel cars on the road.
VW said the diesel vehicles include 508,276 Volkswagen cars, 393,450 Audis, 76,773 Seats, 131,569 Škodas and 79,838 Volkswagen commercial vehicles. The total number of vehicles affected is 1,189,906.
This is the first time VW has revealed how many of the 11m vehicles fitted with a defeat device to cheat emissions tests are in the UK.
On 18 September 2015 the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a “Notice of Violation” to German automaker Volkswagen Group, for manufacturing and installing devices in their vehicles to defeat elements of emission control systems, thereby violating regulations.
The offending programming was included in Volkswagen and Audi models between model years 2009 and 2015; it was included on an estimated eleven million cars worldwide, including 500,000 in the United States.
Among the research groups led by Vicente Franco was a group of five scientists at West Virginia University, who detected a high level of emissions during live road tests on three diesel cars.
The controversy has had an impact on Volkswagen’s overall business. The company was subjected to legal proceedings, regulatory investigations, and class action lawsuits in multiple countries and Volkswagen’s stock prices experienced a major decrease in value.