VW investigation slashes number of cars with CO2 issue

Volkswagen has announced that the investigations regarding incorrect CO2 emissions and fuel economy figures are almost complete - and the news is largely positive.

At the beginning of November, the VW Group revealed that around 800,000 vehicles could have reported CO2 emissions levels set too low. The knock on effect of this was that fuel economy figures were brought into question too as the two sets of figures are linked.

However, in an announcement today (Wednesday 9th December), the company has largely concluded the clarification of the matter. Almost all of CO2 levels of the model variants listed as being under suspicion correspond with the originally reported figures.

VW is now satisfied that all the cleared cars can now be sold without any limitations. Volkswagen has also said that: "The suspicion that the fuel consumption figures of current production vehicles had been unlawfully changed was not confirmed."

There were 17 different models listed by VW as under investigation, with 1.0, 1.2, 1.4, 1.8 and 2.0 litre engines in TSI, TFSI or TDI guises involved. VW has now revealed that all but nine model variants have ben cleared. The plan is now to commission an independent technical service to re-measure these nine models under the supervision of the relevant authorities before Christmas.

The variations in the nine models are supposedly only slight and amount to "a few grams of CO2 on average, corresponding to increased cycle consumption in the NEDC of approximately 0.1 to 0.2 litres per 100 kilometres", according to Volkswagen's statement. It goes on to say that the approximately 32,000 vehicles that remain, under suspicion account for only 0.5 per cent of the VW Group's volume.

The group's other brands with vehicles under investigation - Audi, Seat and Skoda - have agreed on a similar procedure with the vehicle licencing authorities.

The VW cars that will need CO2 values revising are:

VW Polo
• 1.0 TSI Bluemotion 95hp EU6 seven-speed DSG

VW Scirocco
• 2.0 TDI BMT 184hp EU6 six-speed manual

VW Jetta
• 1.2 TSI BMT 105hp EU6 six-speed manual
• 2.0 TDI BMT 110hp EU6 five-speed manual

VW Golf
• 2.0 TDI BMT 150hp EU6 six-speed manual
• CONVERTIBLE 2.0 TDI BMT 110hp EU6 five-speed manual

VW Passat
• 2.0 TDI SCR 4MOTION BMT 239hp EU6 seven-speed DSG
• 1.4 TSI ACT BMT 150hp EU6 six-speed manual
• ALLTRACK 2.0 TSI 4MOTION BMT 220hp EU6 seven-speed DSG

Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:9th Dec 2015

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