This story was updated at 5:48 p.m. with new information from Volkswagen.
Volkswagen said its current-generation diesel engine doesn't have software designed to cheat on emissions tests, meaning its global recall of as many as 11 million cars won't need to be even bigger, according to Bloomberg.
Diesel cars with EA 288 motors meet legal and environmental requirements, the Wolfsburg, Germany-based company saidThursday in an e-mailed statement. The EA 288 replaced the EA 189 class of engines implicated in the emissions scandal.
Volkswagen had said earlier Thursday that it was examining whether other diesel engines have software that cheated emissions tests by turning on full pollution filters only when cars were being tested.
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German automaker Volkswagen says it is trying to determine whether even more of its cars may have been fitted with software that was used to cheat on U.S. emissions tests.
The company had previously said that the software was installed on cars with variants of the EA 189 diesel engine built to the "Euro 5" emissions standard.
Spokesman Pietro Zollino confirmed to the AP today a report from the dpa press agency that the company is now checking whether models with the EA 288 diesel motor built to the same emissions standard may also have the software.
Newer cars built to the "Euro 6" standard are said not to be affected.
Zollino didn't say how many cars are being checked. VW previously said 11 million cars worldwide were affected.