The VW emissions scandal started in the United States, but the firm has since announced that up to 11 million vehicles globally have been sold with the EA-189 engine that could feature the electronics and, potentially, the software used to cheat in testing.
Does the VW emissions scandal affect UK cars?
Potentially - but only potentially. Volkswagen has admitted that it has sold 11 million cars globally with the EA-189 engine at the centre of the controversy. But it’s unclear if all of those engines had precisely the same software installed on them - and, if they did, whether the system could even be used to get around the EU tests that govern the cars sold in the UK.
The UK’s motor industry body, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has issued some robust rebuttals on the matter. Its most recent statement said: “The UK automotive industry understands the concerns consumers may have following the actions of one manufacturer in regard to emissions testing and the subsequent decision to recall a large number of its cars. This is, however, an issue affecting just one company and there is no evidence to suggest that any other company is involved, let alone that this is an industry-wide issue.”