VW emissions scandal: 2016 cars with incorrect mpg and CO2 ratings revealed
THE VW Group has released a full list of the current 2016 models in the Audi, SEAT, Skoda and Volkswagen ranges that are believed to have incorrect CO2 and mpg ratings. It’s thought that around 430,000 vehicles are involved, all using TSI or TFSI petrol or TDI diesel engines with 1.0, 1.2, 1.4, 1.8 and 2.0-litre capacities.
These cars appear to be in addition to the 800,000 previous generation models that Volkswagen previously announced had suspect economy and emissions ratings.
New emissions levels for these vehicles will now be established by the German Federal Vehicle and Transport Authority (KBA) and owners of affected models will then be able to check the status of their vehicle on the relevant manufacturer’s website, details of which can be found below.
VW emissions cheat software may not be illegal in EU tests
The issue of incorrect CO2 and fuel economy figures has developed out of the main Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal which also continues to rumble on. We now know that a loophole in European emissions testing laws may have allowed VW to legally fit their cars with ‘defeat device’ software that manipulates emissions in tests. According to the minutes from a 2012 meeting of the EU type approval authorities: “A manufacturer could specify a special setting that is not normally used for everyday driving.”
A leaked letter from VW UK’s boss, Paul Willis, to the House of Commons Transport Committee confirms the VW Group is still arguing they have not cheated in EU emissions tests, saying: “It is still being determined whether the software in question officially constituted a ‘defeat device’ in the EU.”
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The Volkswagen emissions scandal first broke out in September 18th 2015 with the revelations that VW had fitted a ‘defeat device’ to its EA 189 engine models to cheat US emissions tests. Since then, a chain reaction has rocked the VW Group and the wider industry to its core, as 11million VW Group vehicles with 1.2, 1.6, and 2.0-litre EA 189 diesel engines were confirmed to contain the rogue software. Over 1.1million vehicles are affected in the UK alone.
The VW Group has set aside £4.7billion to cover the damaging effects of the emissions scandal but it may face a further £2billion in costs after an internal investigation found that mpg fuel economy and CO2 emissions ratings for 800,000 other vehicles were also manipulated by engineers. This subsequent discovery implicated Volkswagen Group petrol-engined cars in the scandal for the first time, originally the 1.4-litre engine with ‘cylinder-on-demand’ technology but now a range of petrol and diesel units. VW is facing legal allegations from a number of sources and has said it will pay for any extra taxes faced by owners who find their car’s emissions levels being officially reclassified.
Owners of affected VW vehicles in the US are set to receive $1,000 (£662) as an initial form of compensation, but UK and EU owners have received no such news yet, as the European Commission is still trying to establish whether or not EU testing laws were broken.
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VW ‘loyalty bonus’ offered to stop sales slide
Volkswagen’s UK car sales were down 9.84 per cent in October compared to the same period last year – suggesting that customers are losing faith in the brand following the emissions scandal.
Sales of sister brands Skoda and SEAT are also down – and the VW Group is reportedly attributing the fall to the damaging events of recent weeks. Audi sales appear to be unaffected but some brands unconnected to the VW emissions scandal including Ford and Vauxhall have also suffered sales dips. This is potentially a result of uncertainty among consumers in the wake of the emissions scandal revelations.
To boost sales, Volkswagen UK will offer ‘loyalty bonus’ discounts to existing owners or their family members registered at the same address buying a new VW. Cash incentives range from £400 off a new up! to £1,500 off the Sharan or Touareg, over and above other incentives, a spokesman has confirmed.
Are other engines affected?
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its European counterparts have since questioned the legality of further engines in the VW line-up, suggesting 3.0-litre TDI engines, and models fitted with EA 288 engines were also built with the defeat device on board.
Volkswagen and the German federal motor transport authority (KBA) have since cleared these allegations, stating no malevolent software is or has been present in either the 3.0-litre TDI models, or VW Group cars with the EA 288 engine.
VW’s new Euro-6 engines have also been confirmed not to contain the defeat device, and remain legal under European law. autoexpress.co.uk
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