It has suspended the delivery of cars which contain the EA 189 engine which uses the software, with the suspension remaining in place until the vehicles have been shown to comply with current European Union legislation.
The cars taken off the market represent 3% of VW’s stock in the UK.
Following an independent investigation, Volkswagen has admitted installing “defeat devices” in as many as 11 million diesel engines.
Volkswagen has said it will give the vehicle identification number of affected vehicles to retailers “in the coming days” and customers will then be contacted. It also plans to create a “self-serve process” for owners to check if their auto is impacted by the issue, but notes that all of its vehicles are “technically safe and roadworthy” in the meantime. “All of the group brands affected will set up national websites to update customers on developments”, a VW statement reads.
But on the road the cars actually produced nitrogen oxide pollutants at up to 40 times the legal standard.
It began two weeks ago after it emerged that a few vehicles had been equipped with a device that cheated emissions tests in the US.
Neither employed by Volkswagen nor legally liable for the auto manufacturer’s misdeeds, VW dealers find themselves caught in the middle. Former Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn is now being investigated by German authorities over allegations of fraud in the sale of cars with manipulated emissions data.
A motoring organisation has claimed “b ig questions remain” about the recall of one in 10 diesel cars in the United Kingdom over the Volkswagen emissions scandal.
The German company has yet to restart diesel sales, which were halted in the USA and other countries in response to the scandal.
He added that around 4,000 vehicles were affected across the Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and Seat brands.
Audi of America said it is now working on a plan to fix the affected models with the EPA and California Air Resources Board “as soon as possible” according to the report.