Almost 1.2 million Volkswagen vehicles in the UK are involved in the diesel emissions scandal that has started in the US, the company has said on Wednesday.
Volkswagen said, more than 500,000 Volkswagen-branded cars and 80,000 commercial vehicles have the software that allows them to cheat on emissions test. Other diesel vehicles include 393,000 Audis, almost 77,000 Seats and 131,500 Skodas. The scale of the number means that the UK is most likely to be one of the worst affected countries by the emission scandal.
The company has admitted that it used a piece of engine software to cheat on diesel car emissions tests in the U.S. It will have to fix programming it has said is in some 11 million cars worldwide, far more than the 482,000 originally identified by U.S. authorities.
In a statement on Wednesday, the company said that affected customers will be contacted within the next few days about visiting a mechanic to have their vehicles refitted. Owners will be contacted after the company has issued licence plate details to retailers.
Volswagen said: “Step by step, affected customers will be contacted, with details of a process to get their vehicles corrected in the near future. In the meantime, all vehicles are technically safe and roadworthy.”