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Volkswagen says eight million cars in EU affected by cheat software: letter

A logo of Volkswagen is seen on a wheel of a Golf TDI parked at a dealership in Seoul, South Korea, October 5, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

BERLIN (Reuters) - Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) said 8 million diesel vehicles in the European Union were fitted with software capable of cheating vehicle emissions tests, according to a copy of the letter sent to German lawmakers and seen by Reuters.

The letter - dated Oct. 2 and co-signed by the former government spokesman and current VW chief lobbyist Thomas Steg - says that vehicles with 1.2, 1.6 and 2.0 liter variants of the engine type EA 189 are affected.

German newspaper Handelsblatt originally reported the contents of the letter, which was sent to members of the transport committee in the German lower house of parliament as well as lawmakers in constituencies where Volkswagen has factories.

(Reporting by Holger Hansen; Writing by Caroline Copley; Editing by Victoria Bryan)