UK Government warns Volkswagen over speed of emissions fix

November 18, 2016

The UK Government has issued a stern warning to Volkswagen Group that it wants an urgent resolution to the diesel emissions crisis that has affected the company and its consumers.

More than a year after the Dieselgate emissions scandal first emerged, the government said it is still pressing the manufacturer to implement ‘fixes’ to customer cars.

A statement also called on the carmaker to publish the results of its investigation into the causes of the scandal and how it will be prevented from happening again.

It said: ‘‘[The government] recognises the frustration Volkswagen Group customers are experiencing waiting for their ‘fix’ to be made available.’

Volkswagen Group is gaining approval for work to be carried out on more than 8 million vehicles in Europe that were caught up in the diesel emissions crisis, when vehicles were found to be using ‘defeat devices’ to hide their real-world emissions during official tests.

The size of the recall is made more complex because batches of vehicles require different procedures that all have to be approved before they can be carried out on customers’ cars.

Although the crisis has been blamed for a slowdown in sales of Volkswagen brand vehicles, there has been limited impact on residual values, a recent European conference heard.

This supports earlier research carried out by Autovista Intelligence.

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