VW drivers could face 10-month wait

Motorists are being warned that work to fix some of the cars affected by the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal will not start until next autumn.

Paul Willis, the boss of VW’s UK divisions, said work on vehicles with 1.6-litre EA189 engines is scheduled to get under way on 26 September.

It is hoped work on cars with 2.0-litre engines, meanwhile, will start on Leap Day, 29 February, and that 1.2-litre vehicles will be looked at from 30 May.

In a letter to Louise Ellman, who chairs the House of Commons’ Transport Select Committee, Mr Willis has repeated his apology for the crisis. He has also promised that VW, which has allocated £4.8 billion to tackle the crisis, will do all it can to regain motorists’ trust.