Volkswagen’s UK boss, Paul Willis, has said that 470,000 vehicles affected by the ‘dieselgate’ emissions scandal have been fixed in the UK.

According to Willis, the company is fixing 20,000 cars a week.

In total, 1.2 million Audi, Seat, Skoda and Volkswagen vehicles were affected in the UK.

Willis was making his third appearance in front of the Transport Select Committee yesterday to provide evidence about progress made in addressing issues that arose from the scandal.

He also claimed that Volkswagen had not misled customers in the UK and said that owners don’t have a basis to claim compensation, unlike those in the US, as there had been no changes in fuel consumption figures.

“You cannot compare the situation in Europe to that in the United States,” he told the committee. “We have never ever sold cars on the basis of nitrogen-oxide levels in the UK; we did not mislead anybody in the UK.”

In addition, Willis claimed the fixes being carried out by the German vehicle giant are being put in place “to put customers’ minds at rest” and that there is “nothing to fix”.

VW was forced to pay £1.2m for the re-testing of VW Group vehicles in the wake of the scandal, but did not cover the cost of re-testing vehicles from other manufacturers – to ensure other car makers were not flouting emissions rules – which came to £2m, despite requests from the DfT to pay the larger amount.