Volkswagen's UK boss confirms that a quarter of affected cars in Britain have already been given the software fix
Sam Sheehan
20 February 2017

Volkswagen is fixing 20,000 dieselgate emissions scandal-affected vehicles per week in Britain, the company’s UK boss Paul Willis has said.

In a Transport Select Committee meeting held this afternoon, Willis said a quarter of the 1.2 million cars that were running with software deemed to cheat emissions tests had already received new software.

Willis said he hoped the remaining 730,000 affected cars in Britain would be fixed by this autumn.

The meeting, which featured representatives from the Department for Transport (DfT), revealed that 3,500 customers who have received the new software had complained about negative changes to their cars. Complaints related to the way the car drove or the noise it makes and reductions in fuel economy.

Willis said that Volkswagen has paid £1.1m to the Department for Transport to cover the costs of retesting following the emissions scandal.

The rising costs from fines and legal battles facing Volkswagen from its emissions scandal will lead to the cutting of 30,000 jobs. The company has been hardest hit in the US, where it will pay at least $1.26 billion (about £1bn) in fines and have to fix or buy back almost 80,000 cars.

Our Verdict

Volkswagen Golf

Just how good is the mighty Volkswagen Golf, Europe's best selling car that's now in its seventh generation?

Join the debate

Comments
13

20 February 2017
That should dramatically drop the level of toxic emissions in our city centres. NOT.

20 February 2017
[quote=fadyady]That should dramatically drop the level of toxic emissions in our city centres. NOT.[/quote] It might, as it will take the owners longer to get to the city in their cars after VW have tuned out a chunk of horsepower the owners paid for.

20 February 2017
[quote=The Apprentice][quote=fadyady]That should dramatically drop the level of toxic emissions in our city centres. NOT.[/quote] It might, as it will take the owners longer to get to the city in their cars after VW have tuned out a chunk of horsepower the owners paid for.[/quote] Let's not forget all the tuners. And since the 'fix' is not mandatory as per my knowledge, many owners will not get it done. Those who get it done will get the fix tuned out if they find it affects their cars driving characteristics. Truth is like in the US there is no proper fix for this mess. But our lame government already knows that.

20 February 2017
Pollution is of no consequence so long as a flawed test requirement is complied with

20 February 2017
We own two vw's with the 2.0l diesel and reading various sites in particular honest john , there is absolutely no way I would let them touch our cars . VW are messing with the torque curve to hit the required levels making the cars very different to drive and allegedly with far worse mpg. Apparently tiguan dsg in particular drive very very badly after software update . Happy with our cars the way they are thanks..

20 February 2017
I don't blame you Sundym, if they could make the cars pass tests with simple software / slight hardware mods they wouldn't have risked cheating in the first place.

20 February 2017
How do you feel about the fact that your VWs are churning out much higher levels of toxins than you thought? I have a diesel (non VW) but won't be buying another.

20 February 2017
VW "confirms" 20000 cars a week are being fixed. Err, no. Actually VW claims this. The Commons Select Committee needs proof of this assertion and unless VW can provide it the Committee will recommend to Parliament that action should be taken against VW and its directors. The reports in the papers make this clear. Also VW's UK boss also claimed that VW cars were not fitted with cheat devices. They are. He claimed that VW owes no compensation to UK customers. They probably do. He claims any fixes to device that he states do not exist do not interfere with the running of the car. As Sundym points out they do. So once again Autocar reports assertions by VW as fact. It is not. Start reporting the facts or you will lose your reputation.

20 February 2017
"or you will lose your reputation" Too late for that spqr. I agree entirely, 20000 cars being fixed each a week is a claimed figure from that bastion of truth and righteousness, VW. Like hell we believe it. Autocar clearly does from the tone of the report.

21 February 2017
And yet no before and after test by a mag. I'm not even sure what VW do.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

Pages

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Seat Leon ST Cupra 2.0 TSI 4Drive 300PS DSG
    First Drive
    28 April 2017
    Seat's fastest Leon ST is fun to drive quickly and has enough space for all the family, but VW's own Golf R Estate is even better to drive
  • Porsche 911 GT3 manual 2017 review
    First Drive
    28 April 2017
    The new 911 GT3 is an excellent machine; does the addition of a manual gearbox make it even better?
  • Skoda Karoq
    First Drive
    28 April 2017
    The Yeti has morphed into the Karoq for its second generation, and this early drive reveals a solid, practical small SUV that could challenge the class best
  • Opel Ampera-e
    First Drive
    27 April 2017
    Opel's second-generation Ampera is smaller than the first, and now purely electric. It's also very capable with a remarkable range
  • Lotus Elise Sprint
    First Drive
    27 April 2017
    The latest incarnation of the Elise may be out of its depth on track, but on the public road it is probably the purest version since the original