Berlin says 2.8 million vehicles in Germany affected by VW manipulations

German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt said around 2.8 million vehicles in Germany were affected by Volkswagen's rigging of diesel emission tests.
German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt said around 2.8 million vehicles in Germany were affected by Volkswagen's rigging of diesel emission tests.PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt said on Friday that around 2.8 million vehicles in Germany were affected by Volkswagen's rigging of diesel emission tests.

"It's now clear that vehicles in Germany are affected by these manipulations. Based on our current knowledge they are vehicles with 2.0 litre and 1.6 litre diesel engines," he told Germany's Bundestag lower house of parliament.

He also said there was a discussion about 1.2 litre diesel engines being affected.

The minister added that the government will ensure that Volkswagen provides “transparency as well as repairs the damage” caused by the deception.

The company admitted earlier this week that 11 million of its diesel vehicles worldwide are equipped with the software that covertly turns on pollution controls when the car is being tested, and off when it is being driven.

It is unclear which countries have been affected and which models of diesel are involved.

According to the US probe announced last Friday – which had led to the revelations – Volkswagen and Audi cars are affected. However, the Volkswagen group also owns several other brands including SEAT, Skoda and Porsche.