The Volkswagen Group has announced that it believes there are as much as 800,000 vehicles that can be affected by the latest emissions issue surrounding the company. Moreover, although the majority of the affected vehicles utilize diesel engines, some are actually gas-powered.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initially said that around 10,000 diesel passenger cars manufactured by the Volkswagen Group were using defeat devices that would increase its emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx) up to nine times the EPA’s standard.
Following the second notice of violation (NOV) of the Clean Air Act issued by the EPA to Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., Porsche AG and Porsche Cars North America, the Volkswagen Group has said that it had found unexplained irregularities with regard to the determination of Type Approval CO2 levels. Moreover, it was also found that the CO2 levels and fuel consumption figures for an number of its vehicle models were reportedly “set too low” during the course of the CO2 certification process.
Volkswagen is initially looking at economic risks amounting to around 2 billion Euros associated with the latest emissions issue. The company is looking to get a clearer picture of the situation very soon. Meanwhile, Volkswagen Chief Executive Officer Matthias Müller said, “We will stop at nothing and nobody.”
According to the EPA, the vehicle models affected include the 2014 Volkswagen Touareg, 2015 Porsche Cayenne and the 2016 models of the Audi A6 Quattro, A7 Quattro, A8, A8L and Q5. It is unknown what other car models are affected following Volkswagen’s latest findings.