VW: 8M cars in Europe hit by probe


Associated Press

BERLIN

Volkswagen says 8 million cars in the European Union are affected by an investigation into whether the automaker manipulated emissions tests, according to a letter received Monday by German lawmakers.

Volkswagen previously has said that 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide had engines fitted with software that can help them cheat U.S. emissions tests.

“Rest assured that at the moment, we are working hard and coordinating closely with the authorities and the [German] federal government on a technical solution for the vehicles concerned,” Volkswagen told lawmakers in the letter, which was obtained by The Associated Press.

“In the European Union 8 million type EA 189 EU5 diesel engines with a 1.2 liter, 1.6 liter and 2.0 liter engine capacity are affected,” said the letter, which was signed by VW lobbyists Thomas Steg and Michael Jansen.

“We know that the wrongdoing of a few people has caused great harm to our entire company,” the letter dated Oct. 2 added.

As the U.S. Congress prepares to question Volkswagen officials in Washington over its manipulation of emissions tests, German media reported over the weekend that the company itself is focusing on three development managers who have been suspended.

Bild newspaper reported Sunday that Heinz-Jakob Neusser, head of development at VW, and engineers Ulrich Hackenberg and Wolfgang Hatz had been put on forced vacation in the wake of the scandal. Other newspapers had similar reports.

Hatz declined to comment through a spokesman, and neither of the other two responded to emails seeking comment. VW spokesman Eric Felber on Monday refused to comment on “various public speculation.”

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