SMMT: Volkswagen emissions scandal ‘not an industry-wide issue’
The latest events in the scandal see Volkswagen now facing multiple investigations in the United States, including a criminal probe from the Department of Justice according to reports. Although the carmaker has said that the software has no effect on real-world emissions in Europe, the UK’s Department of Transport is supporting calls for an EU-wide investigation into the affair. Meanwhile the VW board is believed to be gathering for a crisis meeting.
In response to industry concerns, the SMMT said: “The UK automotive industry understands the concerns consumers may have following the actions of one manufacturer in regard to emissions testing and the subsequent decision to recall a large number of its cars. This is, however, an issue affecting just one company and there is no evidence to suggest that any other company is involved, let alone that this is an industry-wide issue.
“Consumers should be reassured that cars sold in the UK must comply with strict European laws. All cars must complete a standard emissions test, which, unlike in the US, is independently witnessed by a government-appointed independent agency.
“On the separate on-going debate about real world testing, industry accepts that the current test method for cars is out of date and is seeking agreement from the European Commission for a new emissions test that embraces new testing technologies and which is more representative of on-road conditions.”