ALL CLEAR? Volkswagen South Africa claims local cars are not affected by the global emissions scandal. Image: AFP / William West
Cape Town - Earlier in September, Volkswagen, the world's largest automaker by sales, admitted it rigged emissions tests in diesel-powered vehicles in the US.
On September 21, Wheels24 reported that VWSA claimed South Africa was not affected by the emissions saga.
VWSA said at the time: "South African VW/Audi vehicles are not affected. South Africa does not have a legislative emission standard so this issue does not apply locally.
"We meet the CO2 emissions as published in our official specification sheets for all our vehicles.”
The statement did not calm local owners as the scandal continues to grow daily, with more cars and countries affected.
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Volkswagen South Africa has issued another statement:
'No action required'
VWSA says: "There has been extensive international media coverage relating to irregularities in Nitrogen oxide emission values measured during dynamometer regarding the emission standard Euro 5 of Volkswagen diesel vehicles fitted with the type EA189 Euro 5 engines.
"In South Africa the compliance standard is EU 2. All Volkswagen Group diesel vehicles of the type EA 189 retailed in South Africa, that is, Volkswagen passenger, Audi, Light and Medium Commercial Vehicles comply with this standard for Nitrogen oxide emissions.
"VWSA wants to further confirm that the bench mode in the software does not affect negatively the CO2 values. Our vehicles accordingly comply with the published CO2 values. Furthermore they are technically safe and roadworthy.
"We would like to apologise to our customers for any uncertainty that may have been created over this issue and want to assure our valued customers, that their vehicles meet all the legal requirements in terms of which the National Regulator approved the sale for use in South Africa.
"There is therefore no action required on either the part of the customer or our dealers."
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