VW has admitted to fixing only half of the estimated 1.2 million cars in the UK, affected by the diesel emissions scandal. This news comes almost 18 months after news of the scandal first came to light.
It was in September 2015 that the controversy first broke, when the German car manufacturer admitted to cheating in diesel emission testing in the United States. Drivers in the US have received compensation for the cheat, whereas their counterparts in the UK and Europe have been refused reimbursement.
The UK is Europe’s second biggest auto market, with Volkswagen the top seller. The firm has faced increasing pressure from lawmakers who have questioned the firm’s managing director.
In response to the latest line of questioning, VW’s Paul Willis said the company was almost halfway to correcting the affected vehicles.
“We have implemented the technical measures in more than 540,000 UK vehicles,” Mr Willis told lawmakers in a letter dated 24 March, which was released on Friday. In February, he said the total stood at 470,000.
VW has not set a firm deadline to complete the work but hopes to have most of it done by the autumn.
Mr Willis also denied that any of the changes made had negatively affected the performance of vehicles, an issue at the heart of attempts by some law firms to take legal action against the company.
“The technical measures have been rigorously tested and the relevant authorities have confirmed that there is no adverse impact on the vehicles’ MPG, CO2 emissions, engine output, maximum torque and noise emissions,” he said.
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