What has Volkswagen done?
The German manufacturer installed illegal software into its cars which allowed them to cheat emissions tests. Because of this, tests couldn’t detect cars that were, at points, emitting up to 40 times more pollution than claimed.

Will it be a danger to safety?
Increased emissions from cars do pose a potential risk to those walking by, but there are no health issues to those driving.

How many of VW’s cars are affected and which ones?
VW has admitted that 11million cars worldwide are affected. Not only has the illegal software been used in VW cars, but also in partner companies’ cars such as Skoda, Seat, Audi and Porsche. American models that have been affected include the Golf, Beetle and Audi A3 built from 2009 to 2015.

Will potentially affected cars be recalled?
VW has begun an investigation into the cars affected, though for now this is only in Germany. Only cars in America have been recalled for now in order to change them to meet regulations. The UK motoring trade body SMMT has insisted that cars are tested differently in the UK, so that the issues brought to light may not apply here.

Will owners be compensated should a recall take place?
This is unclear for now. However, some owners who have had their vehicles recalled in America are expected to sue VW.

Could diesel cars manufactured by other companies be affected?
US watchdogs are investigating other car companies for signs of test rigging. Ford, BMW and Renault – Nissan have all come out and said that they have never used so called ‘defeat devices’, but investigations will see if these claims are true or not.

Jack Evans


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 24, 2015