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Dieselgate could continue into 2016

PUBLISHED: 17:15 04 January 2016

Volkswagen is looking to rebuild it brand reputation after the emissions scandals.

Volkswagen is looking to rebuild it brand reputation after the emissions scandals.

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The diesel emissions scandal has dominated the motor industry in recent months and motoring experts believe the negative headlines to continue this year.

Volkswagen admitted fitting software to cheat emissions tests for nitrogen oxides in 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide, including almost 1.2 million in the UK.

No other manufacturers have made a similar confession, but Auto Express editor-in-chief Steve Fowler believes there could be more revelations in 2016.

“The eyes are on the industry and there are all sorts of rumours flying around about other forms of defeat devices that are in use,” he said. “If anybody has anything to hide they’ll want to get it out quickly and be done with it rather than let it drag on.”

Around 508,000 VW cars, 393,000 Audis, 132,000 Skodas, 80,000 VW commercial vehicles and 77,000 SEATs in the UK are affected by the scandal.

Mr Fowler warned that the scale of the recall to carry out remedial work this year would lead to further accusations of wrongdoing.

“For Volkswagen things will rumble on, not least because the big problem of getting so many cars through dealers will happen and that undoubtedly is going to leave some people a little bit dissatisfied with the process. It’s going to be one hell of a task.”

VW car sales fell by 20% in November compared to the same month in 2014, and Mr Fowler predicted 2016 was “going to be tough”.

“I think they will have to market their cars very strongly and they’ll have to be doing offers, which is most un-Volkswagen like.”

Volkswagen has set aside 6.7 billion euro (£5bn) to deal with the controversy, leading Dr Mark Johnson, an associate professor at Warwick Business School, to suspect that the company will sell off some of its luxury brands such as Lamborghini and Bentley.

He said: “They don’t make much if any money so that might be a potential opportunity for Volkswagen to raise the kind of money that is expected to pay the fines being talked about.”

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  • Being one of the Skoda owners affected by this fraud - and let's be honest, it is criminal fraud - if you or I had set out to deliberately and knowingly did the same we would soon feel a blue uniformed hand on our shoulder . . . anyway the more interesting things are that Skoda dealerships don't want to know about the owners' concerns, Skoda are now saying it is just a technical problem and have stated how they intend to "fix" the problem and how there shouldn't be any break in trust with them . . . I have people come up to me and talk about my Yeti as they like them and are thinking about buying one. How can I honestly tell them to buy one, when their value has dropped, their saleability has fallen and the manufacturer is dishonest and full of flannel? . . . Will the affair continue through out 2016 - more than likely and most likely well into 2017 for the VAG - it is only likely to be finally resolved in a messy expensive legal battle. . . As for other manufacturers, I bet that any that already know about possible fraud software, are already producing replacement software which they will quietly download when your vehicle is in for a software - no doubt called a free software update to cover loads of other things - the emissions not even being mentioned.

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