VW used the same fraudulent emissions tech in Europe as in US, company admits

Germany’s transport minister says other manufacturers will also be checked

Volkswagen has admitted that the “defeat” software it used to rig emissions tests in the US was also fitted to cars sold in Europe.

The global scandal initially broke after US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) discovered the software.

The manufacturer has said that it could affect up to 11 million cars.

The models affected include the Volkswagen Jetta, Beetle and Golf as well as Audi A3 models in the US from 2009 to 2015, and the Passat from 2014-15, the BBC reports.

German transport minister Alexander Dobrindt said he had been told that 1.6 and 2.0 litre diesel engines are the ones “affected by the manipulations that are being talked about”.

He also said that other car manufacturers vehicles’ emissions would be checked.

It is not known how many of the affected vehicles are in Europe, but diesel is considerably more popular on this side of the pond, so the effects could be more pronounced here than in the US.

Volkswagen, the world’s largest car manufacturer by sales, has said that it is setting aside €6.5bn (£4.7bn) to deal with the costs of the scandal.

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