SEAT has revealed that some 700,000 of its cars have the software that let diesel-fuelled VWs in the USA fool emissions testers.
The Spanish manufacturer, which is part of the VW Group, is telling its showrooms in Spain to put aside the 3,000-plus new cars affected, and it is working out how many have been sold abroad.
The EA189 2-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine at the centre of the failed emissions test scandal is known to have been fitted to the following Seat models, all of which could be potentially affected: Altea (2009-2014), Leon (2012-2015), Alhambra (2010-2015), Altea (2009-2014) and Exeo (2008-2013).
VW has admitted that 11 million of its vehicles have been affected globally, with the breakdown being given as follows:
Volkswagen: 5 million
Audi: 2.1 million
Vans: 1.8 million
Skoda: 1.2 million
Seat is to get in touch with owners to arrange tests for their vehicles. Its website will also help people check if they have an affected vehicle.
Since news of the rigging scandal broke last week, Volkswagen’s market value has plummeted by 35 per cent.
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