Approximately five million Volkswagen vehicles are affected worldwide, according to a VW internal evaluation. Sixth generation Volkswagen Golf, seventh generation Volkswagen Passat and first generation Volkswagen Tiguan are equipped exclusively with type EA 189 diesel engines. All new Volkswagen passenger car brand vehicles that fulfill the EU6 norm valid throughout Europe are not affected including the current Golf, Passat and Touran models.
Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand says "We are working at full speed on a technical solution that we will present to partners, to our customers and to the public as swiftly as possible. Our aim is to inform our customers as quickly as possible, so that their vehicles comply fully with regulations. I assure you that Volkswagen will do everything humanly possible to win back the trust of our customers, the dealerships and the public."
The statement goes on to say that Volkswagen will inform all markets worldwide how many of vehicles are affected locally. "We are working intensively on remedial measures in close coordination with the certification authorities. The vehicles are and remain technically safe and roadworthy."
Berthold Huber, Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board, said: "The test manipulations are a moral and political disaster for Volkswagen. The unlawful behavior of engineers and technicians involved in engine development shocked Volkswagen just as much as it shocked the public. We can only apologize and ask our customers, the public, the authorities and our investors to give us a chance to make amends." The Supervisory Board commissioned an American law firm to assist in further clarification and in preparing the necessary steps.