Volkswagen last week admitted to cheating on US diesel-powered emission tests and under the pressure of the growing scandal also said it had outfitted 11 million cars on the road with the “defeat” devices.
According to a spokesman for VW’s commercial vehicles business, which include models such as the Transporter and Caddy vans, who talked to a German newspaper, of the 11 million diesel-equipped cars fitted with the software 1.8 million units are VW light commercial vehicles. About five million Volkswagen brand passenger cars are also affected by the situation. Talking to Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, the spokesperson added VW aims to deliver proposals to authorities in the coming weeks for the technical modifications needed for the affected autos.
Meanwhile, the premium Audi brand also announced 2.1 million cars sold globally were also fitted with the cheating software. Around 1.42 million Audi autos with so-called EU5 engines are present in Western Europe, with 577,000 in Germany and about 13,000 in the United States, according to a spokesperson for the Ingolstadt-based luxury brand. The model lines included are the A1, A3, A4, A5, A6, TT, Q3 and Q5, the spokesperson added.
Volkswagen’s Czech entry-level brand Skoda has also used the engines equipped with the “defeat” device and on Monday the marquee announced 1.2 million of its vehicles have diesel-engine manipulations.
Going through the worst crisis in its 78-year history, the VW Group – which includes twelve brands – has seen its CEO Martin Winterkorn present his resignation and named Porsche’s head Matthias Mueller as the new company leader.