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Almost 1,400 vehicles in Cyprus fitted with cheat software

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Unicars Ltd, official representatives of Volkswagen AG in Cyprus, announced on Tuesday that 1,349 vehicles in Cyprus have the software falsifying the engine’s emission reading.

According to the statement, Unicars was informed by Volkswagen AG that the affected vehicles comprised 480 Volkswagens, 598 Audis, 119 Seats, 103 Skodas, and 49 Volkswagen vans.

These vehicles, the company said, are furnished with type-EA189 diesel engines (1.2, 1.6, and 2.0 litres).

However, Unicars said, these cars remain technically safe and fit for driving.

It added that new vehicles carrying the EU6 engine, as well as petrol engines, are not impacted.

According to the statement, Volkswagen’s action plan includes informing the impacted cars’ owners via the various brands’ dedicated websites (www.vw.com.cy, www.audi.com.cy, www.skoda.com.cy, and www.seat.com.cy), where they can find continuous updates on any developments, as well as establish whether their car is impacted, by introducing their chassis number or ‘vehicle identification number’ (VIN).

For more information, car owners may contact Unicars at [email protected], or by calling 80077560.

Following this step, Volkswagen AG will issue instructions to local teams by the end of October on technical solutions and their implementation.

As a final step, Unicars said, the owners of impacted cars will be informed so they can make an appointment with its authorised service network to implement the necessary technical solutions.

Volkswagen has admitted that eight  million vehicles were fitted with software capable of cheating diesel emissions tests in the European Union, a German newspaper said on Monday, citing a letter the carmaker sent to members of parliament.

The letter – dated October 2 and cosigned by the former government spokesman and current VW chief lobbyist Thomas Steg – says that vehicles with 1.2, 1.6 and 2.0 litre engines are affected, daily Handelsblatt reported in an advance copy of its Tuesday edition.

The authors of the letter apologise “for the wrongdoing of a few individuals” and promise to fully clarify the matters, the paper said.

A spokesman for VW said late on Monday that he did not know about the letter and could therefore not comment.

Volkswagen is under huge pressure to get to grips with the biggest business crisis in its 78-year history, which has wiped more than a third off its share price, forced out its long-time CEO and rocked both the auto industry and German establishment.

Up until now the carmaker has said it will have to refit up to 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide, including 2.8 million in Germany.

New Chief Executive Matthias Mueller will address workers at a staff gathering in Wolfsburg on Tuesday and is expected to brief the supervisory board on Wednesday, a source told Reuters.

 

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