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The effect of the Volkswagen emissions scandal continues as the motoring group here is still applying fixes to some of the diesel cars affected.

New figures, obtained by Independent Motors, show that even though solutions have been applied since late 2015, there is still some way to go. That's most likely because owners are not pushing to have the work carried out.

Of the 83,341 first-Irish registered cars affected, the completion rate is now running at 76pc.

There are 77,159 imported vehicles affected and the completion rate of those is 67pc.

In total, there are around 160,500 vehicles involved and the completion rate is calculated to be 71pc so far.

The fixes have been mostly for 1.6-litre diesels but there were a number of 1.2-litre and 2-litre models too.

The 2-litre TDis required just a software update with work taking half an hour.

Work on the 1.2 TDi engines also only takes 30 minutes or so.

But those with 1.6-litre TDi engines involve both software and hardware upgrades and take an hour to sort out.

The hardware involves fitting a new 'flow transformer' to help better regulate how fuel and air are burned in the engine.

* The alliance of car dealers - established to promote 'collaboration' between industry, policy makers and motoring advocates on reaching EU car carbon emission targets - has highlighted widespread confusion among consumers.

The Irish Car Carbon Reduction Alliance (ICCRA) includes the majority of car dealers and represents nearly every brand.

It says current consumer confusion on engine choices and electric vehicle (EV) targets needs to be sorted out before real progress on future EVs use can be achieved.

ICCRA spokesman Denis Murphy, of Blackwater Motors Fermoy, said a "clear road map" is needed to help consumers make a smooth transition to electric vehicles.

He says: "There is widespread confusion and misinformation - particularly when it comes to comparing car engine and power types and which currently available car types are better for the environment and the motorist's pocket."

The Government's Climate Action plan wants the sale of new fossil-fuelled cars banned by 2030 and targets having one million EVs on Irish roads by then.

The brutal fact is that there are only around 9,000 EVs on the road here now (under 1pc of the target).

The ICCRA says it is difficult to see how the gap can be significantly narrowed especially as the average EV costs €45,000 (before subsidies) compared with the average price of a conventional car at €26,675.

Indo Motoring