Hitler’s favourite car company, VW, has denied that Brits were deceived during its emissions testing scandal and unlike everywhere else in the world its Blighty customers will not get any compensation.
For those who came in late, VW diesels were fitted with software which could tell that they were being tested for emissions and tune themselves to pass. VW has forked out millions to make watchdogs and regulators worldwide go away.
However, Paul Willis, the auto company’s UK managing director said that while the German outfit might have tried the stunt in most places in the world, it did not advertise these cars in the UK based on its nitrogen oxide emissions.
He claimed that VW had neither done anything wrong in the country nor had it misled anyone. The company maintained that there is no “legal basis” for compensation in the UK.
In Europe, Volkswagen admitted to tampering with 8.5 million vehicles to cheat emissions tests but it said that the software did not amount to a “defeat device” under EU law.
Willis added that 470,000 of the UK diesel vehicles, which were affected from the emissions scandal, had been fixed by the company. This is less than half of the 1.2 million vehicles of Audi, Porsche, VW, Skoda and Seat brands that were found to be affected.
Willis explained that the delay was partly amid the need for EU regulatory approvals before installing the new software. He said VW had to wait for many regulators, including those in Germany and the UK, to approve the proposed fixes to the cars. Some approvals, he said were received as late as December 2016.
While UK customers might be angry that they are the only ones in the world not receiving any compensation, Willis said there was no comparison between the situation in the US and Europe, because VW said so.
It does seem odd that VW seems to believe that it can get out of paying its British customers compensation while having to fork out money to practically every other country in the world.
Transport Minister Chris Grayling, to seek more detailed information that would allow take further steps. He added that launching a legal action against VW had still not been ruled out.