A new admission of faking emissions results by VW means that the company could now be facing more claims for compensation from UK owners of the company’s brands.
VW’s internal investigation into exactly what the car company has been doing for the past 6 years has now discovered “irregularities” in relation to CO2 levels of about 800,000 cars.
As the emissions scandal has previously only focussed on laboratory cheating in the reported levels of Nitrous Oxide (NOx) emissions, the admission of irregularities with CO2 is a brand new issue for VW to deal with and will inevitably see thousands more complaints from motorists who have been sold a car which does not conform to the specifications advertised.
VW has said that “it was established that the CO2 levels and thus the fuel consumption figures for some models were set too low during the CO2 certification process. The majority of the vehicles concerned have diesel engines”.
It is understood that the cars affected are 1.4 litre VW Polos, Golfs, the Audi A1 and A3 and some models of Seat and Skoda cars.
This is potentially more scandalous and damaging to VW than cheating emissions tests as they appear not to have fitted defeat devices in relation to CO2 levels. Instead it appears that they simply reported lower amounts of CO2 than the cars produced.
This may mean that unlike the NOx issue, there is no ability for VW to fix the issue by way of recall as there is nothing to fix; the cars are just more polluting than VW has declared.
Further, the statement from VW implies that this problem is not contained to diesel cars and so we can expect petrol cars to be included in the CO2 scandal at some later stage.
VW has said that the ‘economic risk’ to the company by the latest admission is around 2bn Euros which analysts are already saying is too short.
News of the CO2 admission has seen shares in VW tumble 10 per cent, wiping millions of euros off the company’s value.
If you have been affected by the VW emissions scandal, and would be interested in claiming compensation from Volkswagen, please register your details with us on our VW Emissions Legal Investigation page.
Jacqueline Young is Head of Group Litigation at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK.
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