Volkswagen has confirmed the recent emissions scandal actually relates to some eleven million vehicles worldwide.
The software that allowed Volkswagen cars fitted with the Type EA 189 engines to emit less during tests than they would under normal driving conditions was initially the thought to affect 482,000 cars. This figure has now risen to the whopping 11m as the company confirmed they are also setting aside €6.5bn EUROS (£4.7bn) to rectify its situation. A noticeable deviation between bench test results and actual road use was established solely for this type of engine. VW also says that due to the ongoing investigations, the amounts estimated may be subject to revaluation.
Volkswagen says it is working at full speed to clarify irregularities concerning a particular software used in diesel engines, confirming new vehicles from the VW Group with EU 6 diesel engines currently available in the European Union 'comply with legal requirements and environmental standards'. The software in question does not affect handling, consumption or emissions.
Further internal investigations conducted to date has also established that the relevant engine management software is also installed in other Volkswagen Group vehicles with diesel engines.
Volkswagen also says it 'does not tolerate any kind of violation of laws whatsoever. It is and remains the top priority of the Board of Management to win back lost trust and to avert damage to our customers'. CEO Martin Winterkorn issued a fresh apology in a video message, saying:
"The irregularities that have been found in our Group's diesel engines go against everything Volkswagen stands for. At present we do not yet have all the answers to all the questions. But we are working hard to find out exactly what happened. To do that, we are putting everything on the table, as quickly, thoroughly and transparently as possible. And we continue to cooperate closely with the relevant government organisations and authorities. This quick and full clarification has the highest priority. We owe that to our customers, our employees and the public. Manipulation and Volkswagen - that must never be allowed to happen again.
Millions of people all over the world trust our brands, our cars and our technologies. I am deeply sorry that we have broken this trust. I would like to make a formal apology to our customers, to the authorities and to the general public for this misconduct. We will do everything necessary to reverse the damage. And we will do everything necessary to win back trust - step by step.
In our Group, more than 600,000 people work to build the best cars for our customers. I would like to say to our employees: I know just how much dedication, how much true sincerity you bring to your work day after day. Therefore, it would be wrong to cast general suspicion on the honest, hard work of 600,000 people because of the mistakes made by only a few. Our team simply does not deserve that.
That is why we are asking for trust as we move forward: We will get to the bottom of this. We are working very hard on the necessary technical solutions. And we will do everything we can to avert damage to our customers and employees. I give you my word: we will do all of this with the greatest possible openness and transparency."