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GWA tells you everything you need to know about the VW emissions scandal based on the information we have received.

All 1.2 million UK vehicles affected by the VW diesel emissions scandal will be recalled and fixed by the end of 2016 under the VW Group’s new three-stage plan.

UK Volkswagen owners can expect a permanent fix to the problems that came to light recently.

The permanent fix will allow the VW Group to initially recall all UK vehicles with the affected EA 189 2.0-litre TDI engines, while the third phase aims to have all of the 60 models from the five affected brands fixed by the end of 2016.

VW’s UK boss Paul Willis has confirmed that some 1.2-litre and 2.0-litre diesel engines will require a software fix, while some vehicles with 1.6-litre diesel engines will also need new injectors fitted. This means around 400,000 UK cars would require mechanical changes.

The VW Group has set up websites for their affected brands. Click your manufacturer to access the linkAudiVWSEAT, and Skoda, to see if your car is fitted with the EA 189 engine affected by the defeat device software.


The VW Group has said that the following quantities of UK vehicles are set for a recall… 

• VW passenger cars – 508,276

• Audi – 393,450

• SEAT – 76,773

• Skoda – 131,569

• VW commercial vehicles – 79,838

Total VW Group cars set for UK recall: 1,189,906 


Questions you may be asking:

I own a VW car, what should I do? 

The issue shouldn’t affect your everyday driving; the software only alters the car’s behaviour when undergoing emissions tests. However, given that VW is issuing a recall in the UK, you might have to make a trip to the local garage at the VW Group’s expense. Be sure to check your car using the links above.   

What will happen in the future?

The Department for Transport has already announced it will be re-testing a range of diesel cars in the UK to compare real world figures to the ones achieved in official tests that are quoted by the manufacturers.

What about my vehicle tax band, will I have to pay a higher rate?  

The answer is no. The Department for Transport has announced that UK taxpayers will not incur higher vehicle excise duty (VED) if their existing vehicles are found fitted with the defeat device software.

 If you have any questions about your car contact the GWA team on 01243 510 650 or head to www.gwacars.com.

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