Data from the National Transport Authority indicate that 40,095 vehicles in Hungary are affected by Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal, Hungary’s Development Minister Miklós Seszták said. In his response to independent lawmaker Tímea Szabó in parliament, Seszták said the transport authority automatically certifies new cars based on approval by an EU member state regulator.
The Hungarian development minister said the vehicles affected by the scandal were approved by Germany, after which the Hungarian authority did not conduct any further testing on them. The minister said Hungary’s public procurement directorate has begun investigating government vehicles. Porsche Hungaria, the Hungarian importer of Volkswagen brands, said on its website that 35,283 vehicles will need software upgrades as a result of the scandal.
Despite the diesel emission scandal, the German car-maker group has announced further development projects in Hungary. Audi Hungária, a local unit of the multinational giant, said on Monday it was investing 32 billion forints (EUR 100m) in its Győr plant in western Hungary, with a government subsidy of 6 billion forints (EUR 19.4m). Audi Hungária Motor managing director Peter Kössler noted the company has invested 7.4 billion euros in Győr since 1993. He added that Hungary was the most attractive production country in central and eastern Europe, and the government had created the right conditions.
Signing a cooperation agreement between the government and the Hungarian unit of the German carmaker, the foreign and trade affairs minister, Péter Szijjártó, noted that the company plans to produce more efficient engines with the investment creating 380 jobs. Investment decisions concerning the vehicle industry, and its performance, have played an important role in putting the Hungarian economy on a path of sustainable growth in 2014, he added. Audi is a flagship of Hungary’s economy, he said, noting it manufactured two million engines last year and production was further increased in the first half of this year.
source: hungarymatters.hu and MTI photo: Gergely Botár