An internal investigation by Volkswagen has uncovered further irregularities concerning fuel consumption and CO2 in some of their vehicles.
These irregularities primarily concern diesel VW models, but – unlike with the NOx emissions cheating – also apply to certain petrol models.
Similarly to the Diesel emissions scandal, it is believed several of VW’s brands are affected too including Audi, Skoda and SEAT (as well as VW itself).
This latest revelation comes just weeks after VW admitted it had cheated diesel emissions tests, and will surely only worsen the dire situation Volkswagen find themselves in.
Whilst governments, companies and ordinary people try to do their bit to reduce their carbon footprints, it looks as if VW has been shirking their responsibility and taking the easy option once again.
Clearly, there is an endemic culture of corner-cutting, environmental disregard and customer contempt running through the giant German carmaker.
Which cars are affected
It is believed that 1.4, 1.6 and 2.0 litre cars may be releasing higher levels of greenhouse gases and CO2 than accepted test data has previously indicated.
More details of exactly which models are affected are expected to be released soon.
What does this mean?
We have already reported on the terrible consequences of the extra NOx emissions emitted by VW, so what about the CO2?
It is widely accepted that CO2 emissions are the leading cause of climate change in the present day, which many people see as the biggest threat to the planet we currently face.
The exact details of just how much unanticipated extra CO2 VW vehicles may have emitted due to this new scandal is not clear, so it is hard to say exactly what the environmental impact is.
On top of the €6.5 billion (£4.9 billion) the firm has already set aside to cover the costs of the original diesel emissions scandal, VW estimate the new problems could cost them about €2bn (£1.4bn).
This will surely be conservative, as courts are expected to award compensation right of around £3,000 per customer, which will be in addition to any regulatory fines.
In fact, UBS have estimated the total cost of the scandal, including legal claims, could be as much as €35bn. However big the company, that is a figure that would seriously hurt any business.
When you also add to this cost the price of repairing customer’s cars for free and anticipated negative sales results, Volkswagen looks as if it is in free fall.
The real question that is starting to be asked is whether VW can survive this?
And perhaps most worryingly of all, will this even be the last chapter in VW’s story of greed and deception?
This will surely add to the already growing voices asking for better emissions testing throughout the world. The apparent ease with which VW have managed to deceive multiple types of testing is indicative of a seriously flawed testing system.
Despite these criticisms of the testers, ultimately, car makers should be responsible enough to play by the rules.
Will these vehicles be eligible for compensation?
Not enough information is yet known about the new revelations to say with any certainty whether compensation will be paid on the basis of these new allegations.
However, is VW have volunteered the details of this new scandal, we would hypothesise the deception is pretty severe.
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