Wednesday 28 September 2016

More than 27,000 used imports caught up in VW scandal

Published 07/10/2015 | 02:30

Volkswagen cars
Volkswagen cars

More than 27,000 used imports are involved in the Volkswagen recall, the company has just revealed.

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The German car manufacturer revealed that the affected imports include 12,929 Volkswagens, 12,684 Audis, 674 SEATs and 1,117 commercial vehicles.

There were no Skodas involved, even though models by that manufacturer are popular as imported vehicles.

Nearly all of the 27,000 vehicles (97pc) came from the UK, as expected, but the official Volkswagen figures reveal that the remaining 3pc came from as many as 42 other states.

Owners of imports that have been registered here will be able to check at the VW site www.campaigncheck.ie to see if their vehicle is fitted with software capable of cheating vehicle emissions tests.

The biggest number of second-hand imports had a 1.6-litre diesel engine (50.5pc), 46.5pc had the two-litre model and just 2.6pc had a 1.2-litre.

The number of imports pushes the total recall for Ireland to more than 107,000 cars and commercials.

Volkswagen has already announced that 80,000 Irish-bought motors will have to be brought in to "correct the emissions characteristics" of their vehicles.

They are part of an 11-million global call-back, with eight million in Europe alone.

Penalties

Now the cost of the exercise is playing ever more heavily on the minds of executives at Volkswagen.

Against a backdrop of estimates putting the total cost, including penalties and damages, at up to €100bn, the car maker's new chief Matthias Muller told 20,000 workers yesterday that some planned projects would have to be shelved. He also told them that the rebuilding process "won't be painless".

Mr Muller said that in addition to the huge financial loss, the scandal was mostly about a critical loss of confidence in the company.

Volkswagen has already set aside €6.5bn to cover the costs of the recall alone, but many believe it could rise to €20bn.

Mr Muller said that the technical solutions to clear up the emissions problem are in sight, although it remains unclear exactly what they are.

Reports suggest there will be a range of solutions on the table, depending on the engine involved and the relevant authorities. It is expected the first meeting with German authorities will take place today.

There has been no comment from Volkswagen on claims that in extreme circumstances cars would be replaced.

It is accepted that the least costly process for most cars would be an upgrade in the software to eliminate its ability to affect emissions under test conditions.

Other possibilities being reported are larger catalytic converters being fitted to neutralise harmful emissions.

Irish Independent

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