400,000 VW cars need injectors

Around 400,000 Volkswagen cars in the UK will need fuel injectors altered as well as a software fix, according to the UK boss.

Paul Willis, UK managing director, said that cars fitted with the 1.6Litre diesel engine would need the injectors modified.

Those with the larger 2Litre engine would only need a software fix, he told the Commons Transport select committee.

Mr Willis apologised ‘sincerely and unreservedly’, he stated, ‘Volkswagen has significantly let down its customers and the wider public… we recognise we’ve fallen short of the standards expected and we will take all the necessary steps to regain trust.’

He told the MPs it was in 2008 that VW first sold cars in the UK with engines that could cheat emissions testing and a total of 1.2 million UK vehicles had been affected, but the remaining two thirds would only need software altered, Mr Willis explained.

The total included 583,000 Volkswagens, 393,000 Audis, 132,000 Skodas and 77,000 Seats. Only Germany had more vehicles affected by the problem than the UK.

Mr Willis reiterated that recalls of UK vehicles would start in the first quarter of 2016 and added that owners who might be inconvenienced by not having a vehicle during the recall process would be given a loan car.