The affected cars number five million Volkswagens, 2.1m Audis, 1.2m Skodas and 700,000 SEATs, along with 1.8m light commercial vehicles.
Volkswagen’s commercial vehicles division says 1.8 million of its vehicles are among those affected by the emissions-rigging scandal.
Volswagen said: “Step by step, affected customers will be contacted, with details of a process to get their vehicles corrected in the near future”.
The vehicles contain engines which may be fitted with software that was used to con emissions testers in the US. It’s found that these vehicles emit harmful pollutants 40 times higher than the United States environment standards.
Volkswagen has announced a massive refit plan for the 11 million vehicles that are equipped with the illegal defeat device.
The deficient models include the VW Jetta, Beetle and Golf from 2009 through 2015, the 2014 and 2015 Passat, as well as the Audi A3, model years 2009-2015.
The German vehicle giant has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons recently after it admitted to cheat carbon emission tests in the US.
Analysts have projected that the refitting of the affected vehicles may cost the company an additional $6.5 billion.
He added that around 4,000 vehicles were affected across the Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and Seat brands.
The value of used Volkswagen diesel cars sold in Britain has slipped 0.2% in September, lagging growth in the wider market, according to auto valuation tracking guide Glass’s. Volkswagen installed its deceptive software on vehicles sold in the U.S., Germany, Australia, Sweden, and other countries, which translates into multiple probes, multiple testimonies, multiple legal fees, and in all likelihood, multiple fines.
“The obvious move is to pick cars at random and then test the emissions in transit”, Musk told reporters in the Netherlands, at the opening of Tesla’s first European factory.
Owners – who will be contacted in coming weeks – will be asked to take their cars in for a service procedure that a few experts have warned could affect fuel economy and performance.