Surge in Volkswagen 'fixes' over last month
Volkswagen last month 'fixed' 6,006 Irish vehicles affected by the emissions scandal as sources reveal there has been a significant increase in the number of people bringing in their cars to get the work done.
A Volkswagen Ireland spokesman, speaking at the Irish rollout of the updated Golf, said they had remedied 6,006 vehicles in March.
He said that was a "significant increase" on numbers dealt with in previous months. It was due, he said, to the approval by regulatory authorities for fixes to the 1.6-litre diesel-engined vehicles which are the most popular of those affected on the market here.
It is understood there have been a small number of complaints from owners who feel their cars are less powerful as a result of the remedies.
Meanwhile diesels could be on the wane - partially as a result of the Volkswagen scandal, experts are warning. They say the VW saga has raised doubts about the advantages of diesel technology.
A report by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co says demand for diesels is likely to fall to 30pc of Europe's total auto sales by 2020. And that will lead to more electric cars, they say.
I think they are being too negative. Realistically, diesel will be a major force for some time.