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Millions of cars on British roads are at risk of being recalled in the wake of the Volkswagen emissions scandal according to a transport campaign group.

A senior executive for Volkswagen has admitted that it “totally screwed up” when it deliberately avoided the clean air rules on diesel cars which let some vehicles pass through tests despite releasing as much as 40 times the legal limit of allowed emissions.

The allegations have affected 482,000 vehicles in the US so far, with manufacturers the world over now coming under increasing pressure to rule out any rigging in their own emissions tests.

However, the Transport and Environment group has told Sky that: “there is strong evidence that similar illegal devices also used in Europe by both VW and other manufacturers.”

The lobby group’s clean vehicles manager, Greg Archer, told Sky: “Diesel cars are niche in the US, and in most of the rest of the world, representing just one in seven cars sold worldwide. But in Europe, over half of new cars are diesels.”

On Monday, VW’s share prices plummeted 19 per cent, with a further fall of 13 per cent felt on Tuesday. This was after reports came out that the German manufacturer had set aside billions of euros to be able to cover the cost of the allegations.

Mike Hawed, the chief executive of the UK’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders told Sky News: “The EU operates a fundamentally different system to the US – with all European tests performed in strict conditions as required by EU law and witnessed by a government-appointed independent approval agency.”

However, in the face of the share price plunge, Volkswagen’s executives have been quick to apologise for breaking customers’ trust.

Jack Evans

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After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

December 22, 2015

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