A new German report says that an engineer at the Volkswagen facility in Wolfsburg has admitted to his role in the emissions scandal that has cost the Volkswagen Group billions in recalls and lawsuits in the recent months.
According to a report released by German publication Bild am Sonntag, Volkswagen engineers have reportedly admitted to manipulating carbon emissions data as the goals that were set by former Volkswagen Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn were difficult to achieve.
Moreover, the said engineers reportedly admitted to tampering with the tire pressure and even mixed diesel with some motor oil in order to make the vehicle use less fuel. The engineers have said that they have been using this practice since 2013 and have continued doing so until spring this year.
Recently, the Volkswagen Group released a statement, admitting that there are as much as 800,000 vehicles from the company that may present irregularities when it comes to determining type approval CO2 levels. This assessment was done after the group received a second notice of violation (NOV) from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for violating the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Earlier this month, NOV’s were sent to various companies under the Volkswagen Group including Volkswagen AG, Audi AG and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., Porsche AG and Porsche Cars North America. The EPA said that the recent NOV covers around 10,000 diesel passenger cars. However, Volkswagen now admits that some of the affected cars are gas-powered.
Volkswagen has said it is looking at economic risks equivalent to about €2 billion in the wake of recent emissions issue.