VW uncovers irregularities in type-approval CO2 levels affecting about 800K vehicles as part of diesel investigation
The Volkswagen Group announced today that during the course of its internal investigation into the diesel emission cheating issue, it uncovered “irregularities” when determining type-approval CO2 levels. Based on present knowledge, around 800,000 vehicles from the Volkswagen Group could be affected, the company said.
Under the ongoing review of all processes and workflows in connection with diesel engines, Volkswagen investigators 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.
Volkswagen said that a “reliable assessment” of the scale of these irregularities is not yet possible; an initial estimate puts the additional economic risks at approximately €2 billion. The Board of Management of Volkswagen AG will immediately start a dialog with the responsible type-approval agencies regarding the consequences of these findings. This should lead to a reliable assessment of the legal, and the subsequent economic consequences of this not yet fully explained issue, Volkswagen said.
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. That is the basis for the fundamental realignment that Volkswagen needs. The Board of Management of Volkswagen AG deeply regrets this situation and wishes to underscore its determination to systematically continue along the present path of clarification and transparency.—Matthias Müller, CEO of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
Volkswagen Group said that, in cooperation with the responsible authorities, it 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.
The safety of the vehicles involved is not compromised.
Volkswagen Group’s Supervisory Board issued a statement saying that it and the special committee set up for the purpose of clarification will meet in the very near future to consult on further measures and consequences.
The Supervisory Board will continue to ensure swift and meticulous clarification. In this regard, the latest findings must be an incentive for the Supervisory Board and the Board of Management to do their utmost to resolve such irregularities and rebuild trust.—VW AG Supervisory Board