Volkswagen emissions scandal: UK Government launches probe

The UK regulator, the Vehicle Certification Agency, has said it will work with car makers to re-run lab tests in the UK

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The UK Government is planning its own probe into vehicle emissions.

The UK regulator, the Vehicle Certification Agency, has said it will work with car makers to re-run lab tests in the UK, according to the BBC.

The German transport minister, Alexander Dobrindt, said on Thursday that Volkswagen used software that limited the amount of toxins released by diesel engines to falsify emissions tests in Europe as well as the US. Over 11 million vehicles are affected.

Volkswagen has admitted to falsifying the results of emissions tests for the Jetta, Beetle, Audi, A3 and Golf models dating 2009-2015 and Passat models dating 2014-2015 to pass stringent US Environment Protection Agency regulations.

Other car manufacturers have also been linked to the scandal, with BMW being forced to deny any involvement after a magazine report claimed emissions for its BMW X3 xDrive 20d were found to be 11-fold over the official limit during tests by the International Council on Clean Transportation.

The revelations cost Martin Winterkorn his job as CEO of Volkswagen on Wednesday.

Matthias Müller, the CEO of Porsche, is set to become the new Volkswagen CEO on Friday, according to reports.

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