LONDON -- Volkswagen Group has not fixed any of the 1.2 million cars in the UK affected by its diesel-emissions scandal, the British transport minister said, despite the company having said it had begun software modifications to some models.
VW triggered the biggest scandal in its history with last year's admission that it rigged engines in up to 11 million cars sold worldwide by its VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat brands.
Robert Goodwill, a junior minister at the UK's department for transport, told lawmakers on parliament's transport committee that VW had yet to take necessary remedial action on its cars in the UK.
"They haven't fixed any cars yet, I'm disappointed to announce, and they will need to have their fix approved by us before they do it," he said in a session held as part of the committee's inquiry into how vehicles are approved in the UK, prompted by the VW scandal.
The minister also said that car owners had been contacted by the company and that the software fix will be relatively straightforward.
The company said on Friday that its recall of about 2,000 Amarok pickup trucks in the UK for a software update began in January and that measures are now being applied to some Seat and Audi models.
A company spokesman told Automotive News Europe last week that the group had begun recalling 90,000 Audi A4, A5, Q5 and Seat Exeo models in Germany. Regulatory permission to recall affected vehicles in Germany is the template for a wider call back of the 8.5 million VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat diesel cars that require fixes in Europe.
There was no one available to comment at Volkswagen's UK office when contacted by Reuters outside business on Monday.
VW last week announced that it had agreed a deal with U.S. authorities involving it buying back or potentially fixing about half a million polluting diesel cars and setting up environmental and consumer compensation funds.
Goodwill said the Serious Fraud Office is looking at the issue of compensation in the UK. VW has previously said compensation would not be available to UK consumers.
Automotive News Europe contributed to this report