Volkswagen to recall 11 million cars globally
The Volkswagen Group is planning to recall up to 11 million vehicles worldwide in an effort to address the emissions scandal, according to reports by Reuters.
Speaking at a meeting of top VW managers at the company’s Wolfsburg headquarters late yesterday evening, new VW boss Matthias Müller said that a “comprehensive” recall and refit plan had been drawn up, to make sure that the cars affected by the scandal comply to the latest emissions standards.
Owners of affected vehicles will be contacted “in the next few days” and invited to have their cars refitted in the coming months. The group says it is planning to advise technicians of the measures which need to be taken next month.
The plan is the first sign of Volkswagen looking to address the problems caused by its scandal – something it has been under pressure to do since news of its cheating in US emissions tests emerged last week.
While the group has said that 11 million vehicles worldwide are affected by the scandal, it’s known that only a portion of those vehicles are from the Volkswagen brand itself. Audi has revealed that 2.1 million vehicles from its brand are affected worldwide. Moreover, Skoda has also revealed that 1.2 million of its cars globally are affected by the scandal.
Volkswagen has confirmed that 5m of the 11m cars affected are VWs. In a statement, the firm said: “The internal evaluation revealed that approximately five million Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand vehicles are affected worldwide. Certain models and model years of these vehicles (such as the sixth generation Volkswagen Golf, the seventh generation Volkswagen Passat and the first generation Volkswagen Tiguan) are equipped exclusively with type EA189 diesel engines.
“As previously announced, all new Volkswagen Passenger Car brand vehicles that fulfill the EU6 norm valid throughout Europe are not affected. This therefore also includes the current Golf, Passat and Touran models.”
The figures also include 1.8 million light commercial vehicles.
To date, it has only been confirmed that 480,000 VWs will be recalled in the USA.
Herbert Diess, CEO of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand said: “We are working at full speed on a technical solution that we will present to partners, to our customers and to the public as swiftly as possible. Our aim is to inform our customers as quickly as possible, so that their vehicles comply fully with regulations. I assure you that Volkswagen will do everything humanly possible to win back the trust of our customers, the dealerships and the public.”
The statement concluded by saying that the firm will establish where affected cars are and put in place remedial work. “We are working intensively on remedial measures in close coordination with the certification authorities. The vehicles are and remain technically safe and roadworthy,” it said.