I’d be more angry if I found out they’d lied about power

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If Volkswagen was not the largest car manufacturer in the world, I don’t think it would survive the emissions scandal.

As cars become more and more technically advanced, it seems that the onboard computers in vehicles can detect when they’re being tested, so can alter efficiency and, in turn, emissions to a lower level than when driven in normal conditions.

I buy a car for its comfort, performance and style rather than its green credentials

Clever stuff. But in doing so, the boffins have duped the American government – and one thing the Americans hate is being duped.

It now looks like Audi and Seat vehicles may also be involved and I’m wondering how much deeper this issue goes.

I’m also wondering how many other car manufactures are suffering from ‘squeaky bum time’, as Sir Alex Ferguson once put it.

It was back in the 1990s that diesel became the fuel of the future. It gave more miles per gallon and released less carbon than petrol. Plus it was less refined, so much less of a process was needed to make it.

But I’ve never really thought a diesel car was a greener vehicle than a petrol one.

Follow any white van and you’ll see soot deposits over the rear doors, allowing some comedy genius to write ‘I wish my wife was as dirty as this van’ on the back.

I’m pretty sure no-one reading this column has been able to drive their vehicle to the same efficiency supposedly achieved by the manufacturer.

I don’t think any of us truly believe any of the figures quoted on a car. But now we know they have been adjusting cars to fool the specialists, it confirms our suspicions.

But would this stop me buying a VW in the future? The answer is no.

I buy a car for its comfort, performance and style rather than its green credentials.

I’d be more angry if I found out they’d lied about the horsepower than the emissions.

I suppose I’m still not convinced our technologically-advanced cars are the major cause of global warming.

We’ll see by the effect on VW’s future car sales whether other people have a different view.