Light commercial vehicles as well as passenger cars are embroiled in the ongoing Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal, according to the German transport minister, Alexander Dobrindt.
Dobrindt said the rigged emissions tests included vehicles with 1.6 and 2.0-litre diesel engines. VW uses powertrains with both these configurations in its new Caddy light van, although the 1.6 is set to be phased out when the Euro6 regulation becomes mandatory in September 2016, while the new Transporter medium van is powered by the 2.0-litre unit.
Volkswagen was set to release further details of the brands and locations of the 11m vehicles involved on Friday 25 September but Dobrindt did confirm that around 2.8 million vehicles in Germany were affected by the scandal.
VW previously said around half a million vehicles were affected in America, where the scandal broke out.
The VW Group board appointed Matthias Muller, chairman of Porsche, as the new CEO on 25 September, after previous boss Martin Winterkorn resigned on 23 September as a result of the crisis engulfing the manufacturer. Speculation was also mounting that VW’s board was preparing to cull the staff it deemed to be directly involved in the emissions scandal.
Volkswagen has already set aside £4.8bn to pay for potential recalls resulting from the scandal.
Shares in the world’s largest vehicle manufacturer have plummeted since news of the emissions tests rigging broke on 18 September.
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