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Volkswagen has single handedly ruined the diesel car for the world, after it was found that the company was installing software that helped its diesel cars to cheat the US emissions test. It’s not a small matter, and subsequently, it has sent shock waves as far as Formula 1 itself.
But new claims by VW-subsidiaries Skoda and Audi have laid another blow.
Both companies claim that there are over 3.3-million Audi and Skoda branded cars trotting around motorways with this software. This includes 2.1-million Audis and 1.2-million Skodas worldwide.
Models affected from the Ingolstadt marque includes the Audi A1, A3, A4, A5, A6, TT, and Q3 and Q5 crossovers.
Overall, this now brings the affected vehicle tally up to around 11-million worldwide, which really puts Volkswagen’s tainted ambitions into clear focus.
The company’s shares have also taken a massive knock, falling close to 8% since the announcement with the Wolfsburg-based marque facing close to US$18-million in fines too.
Closer to home, South African authorities have announced that they will be conducting their own investigations into the emissions saga, which means that some cars could be recalled if found to harbour the software.
Overall, it’s not a happy time for Volkswagen or its subsidiaries.