The emissions scandal engulfing Volkswagen AG has cast a spotlight on countries such as Australia, whose vehicle pollution standards are far less stringent than those in either the U.S. or Europe.
Volkswagen’s UK managing director Paul Willis says 1.2m cars affected by emissions scandal could take over a year to remedy.
Beyond the betrayal and legal and financial issues, the effect on global pollution is massive.
Volkswagen has set up a website where owners can enter their car’s VIN to see if it’s affected. It’s still unclear whether Volkswagen will provide any form of voluntary redress to the owners of affected cars.
Ever since Volkswagen admitted it rigged more than 10 million diesel cars to cheat on emissions tests by temporarily adjusting their performance, owners have wondered what will happen when the automaker’s forced to recall their vehicles and “fix” the problem.
Volkswagen has suspended the sale of some diesel cars in Australia while it addresses its emissions-cheating scam.
Troubled carmaker Volkswagen will launch a mass recall of almost 100,000 cars as its emissions scandal in Australia widens to include thousands more dodgy vehicles.