Wednesday 28 September 2016

More than 27,000 used imports involved in the Volkswagen recall

Published 06/10/2015 | 11:31

The Volkswagen scandal is 'rapidly becoming the worst ever to hit the automotive industry'
The Volkswagen scandal is 'rapidly becoming the worst ever to hit the automotive industry'

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

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They account for 12,929 Volkswagens, 12,684 Audis, 674 SEATs and 1,117 commercial vehicles. There were no Skodas involved, according to the figures.

The biggest number had a 1.6-litre diesel engine (50.5pc) with 46.5pc having a 2-litre and just 2.6pc with a 1.2-litre.

Virtually all – 97pc - came from the UK with the other 3pc coming from as many as 42 other states, possibly as embassy cars etc.

The number of imports means the total recall for Ireland will be 107,000 or thereabouts as they come in addition to the 80,000 cars that were bought in Ireland.

They are part of a global 11-million car recall that affected as many as eight million in Europe fitted with software capable of cheating vehicle emissions tests.

The Volkswagen Group is examining options that range from a software upgrade to outright replacement of some cars, it is being reported.

Taking out the affected models is the most extreme option in a range the automaker is said to be discussing before formal talks with regulators. The company is due to present a plan in Germany tomorrow (October 7) according to reports.

Other possibilities may include putting in larger catalytic converters to neutralise harmful emissions.

Experts are estimating the cost at anything from €20 for a software change to as much as €10,000 for a car.

Solutions are expected to vary from one regulator to another.

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