Tuesday 21 February 2017, By Autovolo
Volkswagen has repaired less than half of the vehicles affected by the diesel emissions scandal, despite originally planning to have them all fixed by the end of 2016.
Speaking to the House of Commons Transport Committee, Volkswagen UK’s managing director Paul Willis said that 470,000 of the 1.2 million affected vehicles had been corrected.
“At the current rate, we are applying these measures to 20,000 cars a week,” said Willis.
Willis was originally called to answer MPs’ questions last year when he said he hoped measures to fix emissions would all be in place by the end of 2016. However, he has now revised that estimate to autumn 2017.
“By autumn time – I can’t really be more precise than that – we should have achieved what we hope to achieve, which is fixing all of the vehicles we committed to apply the technical measure to,” he said.
Willis said that despite the delay, he was pleased with the company’s progress in applying the fix.
“We are very pleased with that level of technical fix,” he claimed. “It’s not perfect, of course. I wouldn’t ever pretend it’s perfect. We’ve had some issues – small issues – but in the main we’re pleased.”
When asked what problems Volkswagen had encountered, Willis cited “small issues” such as cars with diesel particulate filters removed or performance-enhancing engine software added.
“There are some small issues around some of the vehicles. We’ve had some issues where some customers have been the second or the third or the fourth owner of the car. There have been some issues where unbeknown to them there has been chip-tuning of the car or removal of DPF filters and that is very problematic and somehow that is delaying it a little bit.”
Willis insisted that delays to applying the fix would not make customers eligible for compensation.
“My company’s position on compensation is absolutely consistent and clear. After the fix, the vehicles are more or less the way they were. There is no loss, and therefore there is no legal basis for compensation.”
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