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VW emissions scandal: Vans affected

Date: 25 September 2015   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

The German transport minister, Alexander Dobrindt, has confirmed that light commercial vehicles are involved in the ongoing Volkswagen emissions scandal.

Dobrindt said that vehicles with the 1.6 and 2.0-litre diesel engines are involved, and that investigations into whether the firm's 1.2-litre diesel unit is affected are ongoing.

Volkswagen's range of light commercial vehicles, including the Caddy and Transporter are predominantly powered by the engine range.

Volkswagen is set to release further details of the brands and locations of the 11m cars involved today (Friday), but Dobrindt did confirm that around 2.8 million vehicles in Germany are affected by the scandal.

VW previously said around half a million vehicles were affected in America, where the scandal broke out.

It is also set to announce a new CEO today, after chairman Martin Winterkorn resigned on Wednesday evening. German media has speculated that the group's board is set to fire those directly involved in the scandal today, too.

Volkswagen has already promised to put aside billions to pay for the positional damages caused by the ongoing scandal, but several lawsuits are being prepared in America and other countries.

Since Monday, shares in the world's largest car maker have plummeted.