Dieselgate: just nine Volkswagen models affected by bogus CO2 emission figures

Volkswagen has quashed previous suggestions that official CO2 and fuel economy figures for 800,000 of its cars could be incorrect.

Following tests, the firm says just nine individual models have misleading CO2 and fuel consumption figures – and the difference is so negligible that those affected will simply be recategorised.

VW admitted that CO2 and fuel consumption figures might be incorrect following the dieselgate emissions scandal that was triggered when the company was caught fitting defeat devices to some of its diesel cars during NOx emissions tests.

In a statement released today, Volkswagen said: “The figure of approximately 800,000 vehicles under suspicion originally published by the Volkswagen Group has not been confirmed. The deviations found in the figures for only nine model variants amount to a few grams of CO2 on average, corresponding to increased cycle consumption in the NEDC [official European tests] of approximately 0.1 to 0.2 litres per 100 kilometres.

“With an annual production of approximately 36,000 vehicles, these model variants correspond to around only 0.5 per cent of the volume of the Volkswagen brand.”

The cars affected, including specific versions of Volkswagen Polo, Golf and Passat models fitted with petrol and diesel engines, will be reclassified by Christmas.