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430,000 2016 model year VW Group vehicles have 'implausible' CO2 and mpg figures

Date: 16 November 2015   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

The Volkswagen Group has confirmed that 430,000 2016 model year vehicles in Europe have inaccurate CO2 and mpg figures.

The 430,000 vehicles are part of 800,000 vehicles in total which have irregularities with their CO2 figures - which are directly related to fuel economy figures - however that figure could rise.

It is the latest knock-back for the scandal-riddden German vehicle giant.

New CO2 figures are set to be determined for the affected vehicles by Germany's Federal Vehicle and Transport Authority (KBA).

Models affected include current Audi A1, Seat Ibiza, Seat Leon, Skoda Fabia, Skoda Octavia, Skoda Superb, VW Polo, VW Golf, VW Tiguan, VW Passat, VW Caddy and Transporter models.

The Volkswagen Group has also released a breakdown by brand of the numbers affected.

Audi: 15,732

Seat: 32,161

Skoda: 83,282

Volkswagen: 281,617

VW Commercial Vehicles: 17,253

The firm's 1.4-litre, 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre diesel engines are under scrutiny, as well as 1.0-litre, 1.2-litre 1.4-litre and 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre petrol engines.

"To what extent models of previous years are affected continues to be looked into in conjunction with the authorities," VW said in a statement.

"Based on what is known at present, the Volkswagen Group continues to anticipate that this will be the previously communicated total figure of around 800,000 vehicles," it added.

"The Volkswagen Group is in addition already in dialogue with the respective countries' financial and fiscal authorities so that all taxes arising in direct relation to the CO2 issue are charged straight to the Volkswagen Group and not to the customers."