VW emissions scandal: 800,000 vehicles may have false CO2 levels
04 November 2015
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
The Volkswagen Group has admitted that some models have "irregularities" in CO2 emissions - the emissions which car tax and BIK rates are set on - which could affect 800,000 vehicles in Europe.
VW said the problem could cost the firm £1.4bn on top of what it has already set aside to cover the diesel emissions scandal.
It added that it came across the problem while investigating the ongoing diesel NOx emissions scandal.
VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat are affected by the latest twist in the scandal, with the issue mainly affecting diesels, but it could also include petrol-engined models.
The issue relates to the way that certain vehicles with "smaller engines" - believed to be the group's 1.2-litre and 1.4-litre diesel engine - were certified to meet CO2 emissions tests.
The irregularities relate to the way CO2 emissions and fuel consumption figures were measured during the certification process.
"From the very start I have pushed hard for the relentless and comprehensive clarification of events. We will stop at nothing and nobody. This is a painful process, but it is our only alternative. For us, the only thing that counts is the truth," Matthias Muller, VW's chief executive said in a statement.
"The firm's board will talk to regulators about the consequences of its discovery, the company said in a statement, adding "the safety of the vehicles is in no way compromised."
"In cooperation with the responsible authorities, Volkswagen will do everything in its power to clarify the further course of action as quickly as possible and ensure the correct CO2 classification for the vehicles affected," VW said in a statement.
Since the diesel emissions scandal broke out in September, shares in the troubled group have plunged.