Almost 1.2m UK cars affected by VW emissions scandal

Volkswagen (VW) has revealed almost 1.2 million cars in the UK are affected by its diesel emissions scandal. The German car manufacturer admitted a software that deceives emissions testing for […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Volkswagen (VW) has revealed almost 1.2 million cars in the UK are affected by its diesel emissions scandal.

The German car manufacturer admitted a software that deceives emissions testing for certain air pollutants were installed in 1,189,906 vehicles.

They include more than 508,000 Volkswagen models and more than 393,000 Audi vehicles.

More than 76,700 Seats, 131,500 Skoda models and 79,800 Volkswagen commercial vehicles are also affected, the company revealed.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “The government’s priority is to protect the public and I understand VW are contacting all UK customers affected. I have made clear to the Managing Director this needs to happen as soon as possible.

“The government expects VW to set out quickly next steps it will take to correct the problem and support owners of these vehicles already purchased in the UK.”

The UK is to start its own inquiry into vehicle emissions testing following the scandal in the US.