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

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catnip 21 February 2017

Volkswagen should be made to

Volkswagen should be made to compensate governments across the world for the lost tax revenue due to the claimed lower emission levels. Sure the whole system of taxing diesels at lower levels is flawed, but that is how the system works, and its unfair that other tax payers have had to pay more for all this time. Its not like the government couldn't do with the extra cash in its coffers at the moment.
xxxx 21 February 2017

AUTOCAR

Pull your finger out and stop being bullied by VW do a full test NOW
LP in Brighton 21 February 2017

Yes, let's see a proper before and after test

Ignore subjective comments from owners, we need to see a proper test carried out on the same car with and without the VW fix. The fact that Volkswagen hasn't arranged this with publications like Autocar suggests that there is some performance / fuel economy degradation. But let's not speculate, let's have a proper test.
xxxx 21 February 2017

And yet

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