The UK Managing Director of Volkswagen spoke to MPs and admitted that 400,000 cars in the UK would need engine modifications. Initially we were told it would be a software update but now cars with 1.6 litre diesel engines will actually need their engines worked on.
Paul Willis spoke at a select committee where he “sincerely and unreservedly” apologised for letting down customers. He told them that 1.6 litre engines will need a physical modification, whilst 2 litre engines will only need a software fix.
He also admitted that Volkswagen first sold cars in the UK with emissions cheating engines in 2008. A total of 1.2million cars in the UK are affected. This includes 583,000 Audis, 132,000 Skodas and 77,000 Seats.
The recall of affected diesel cars will begin in January 2016 and Mr Willis said that anyone who is inconvenienced by the recall will receive a loan car whilst their own is being fixed.
Mr Willis did evade some questions about the mechanical fix and how it is likely to affect the cars. He explained that he was in sales, marketing and finance, and that he wasn’t an engineer. So we are still waiting to hear what the fix will actually entail.
It is frustrating that VW continue to avoid informing their customers as to the impact that the fix will have on the value and performance on their cars and instead merely keep apologising for past mistakes and attempting to rebuild trust in the company.
Volkswagen, Seat, Skoda and Audi owners are understandably worried about the implications of the upcoming fix. If the fix does affect the vehicles in any way then there may be a case for legal proceedings against VW.
Slater and Gordon are investigating the possibility of a group action claim against Volkswagen on behalf of owners of affected vehicles.
If you are a VW, Skoda, Audi, Seat or Bugatti owner or fleet car manager and you are concerned that your vehicle may be affected, please visit our Volkswagen Emission Scandal Legal Investigation page to register your information. Please also register your information if you are a VW shareholder.
Jacqueline Young is Head of Group Litigation at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK.
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