While Volkswagen has been facing NOx-emission-related issues in North America for its diesel vehicles, the company has also been handling a CO2-emission-related issue in Europe. Wednesday, the company says that issue is “largely concluded.”
Questions arose from the German government’s Federal Motor Transport Authority a month ago estimating that approximately 800,000 vehicles manufactured by VW’s various companies were under suspicion for producing higher levels of CO2 emissions and achieving lower fuel efficiency than originally posted.
Today, VW admits that the discrepancy was factual but that it only affects approximately 36,000 vehicles from nine model variants in Europe. They also reaffirm that no unlawful change has been made to the vehicles’ stated fuel consumption or their CO2 figures and that the handful of vehicles that were found with discrepancies will have their catalogues updated to reflect more accurate figures.
According to VW, the only deviations found in the figures for the nine model variants amount to a few grams of CO2 on average, and that the nine models account for only 0.5 percent of the volume of the VW brand. VW also says that none of the vehicles have misrepresented fuel economies.
VW plans to have all of the affected model variants remeasured by a neutral technical service under the supervision of the appropriate authority by Dec. 25.
To reiterate, this issue is contained to Europe and does not include products and services provided by Volkswagen Group of America or Volkswagen Canada or any of their North American affiliates.
In other VW news, VW AG will host a live press conference tomorrow morning to provide "information on the current status of the clarification process concerning the diesel issue and on the realignment of the group." Those in North America that are curious and early-to-rise can check out a live stream of the press conference at 4:20 a.m. EST here.