Saturday 23 September 2017

Surge in Volkswagen 'fixes' over last month

Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

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.

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