In addition to the 11 million Volkswagen vehicles worldwide fitted with the ‘defeat device’ designed to skirt U.S. diesel emissions laws, Audi says they have a total of 2.1 million cars fitted with the same software. According to Reuters, 1.42 million of the cars are in western Europe, while another 577,000 are in Germany and 13,000 are in the U.S.
The Audi models fitted affected by the device including the A1, A3, A4, A5 A6, TT Q3 and Q5. Czech-based automaker Skoda said 1.2 million of its cars are also involved involved in the scandal, however it has yet to say which models are affected or how many of the cars are located in which countries.
Volkswagen Group apologized to customers and shareholders following their admission, with new CEO Matthias Mueller promising a “relentless” investigation to find out where the company went wrong. Former company CEO Martin Winterkorn stepped down in the wake of the scandal, and there are reports that senior R&D officials with the company have now also been suspended.