Volkswagen: CO2 Emissions Not as Bad as Feared, ‘Almost All’ Matched Original Figures

By Christian Stampfer on 9 December 2015
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DSC_0597MUNICH—Volkswagen said that its investigation of possible understatement of carbon dioxide emissions showed that it had the fuel consumption and with it CO2 levels on far fewer vehicles than thought.

“Following extensive internal investigations and measurement checks, it is now clear that almost all of these model variants do correspond to the CO2 figures originally determined,” the Wolfsburg-based automaker said in a statement.

The problem was found in nine model variants and amounted to a few grams of CO2 on average, with small increases in fuel consumption ranging from 0.1 to 0.2 liters per 100 kilometers.

Europe’s biggest automaker understated the figures for a total of 36,000 vehicles, compared to its original estimate of over 800,000. It also found that there had been no unlawful changing of the emissions data.

In addition, there has been “no unlawful change to the stated fuel consumption and CO2 figures found to date,” VW said.

Volkswagen plans to use a “neutral technical service” to remeasure the level of CO2 emissions before the end of the year.

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