VW Finds 800K More Cars Have Emissions Software

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November 4, 2015 — Volkswagen (VW) said an internal investigation headed by Jones Day has discovered problems with emissions in 800,000 more cars.

VW said “unexplained inconsistencies” were discovered in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

Most of the engines are diesels, but some are 1.4-liter gas engines with a cylinder-deactivation device intended to save fuel. The problem does not involve VW vehicles in the U.S., a company spokesman told USA Today.

VW said it deeply regretted the new discovery and put a preliminary estimate of the new admission at about $2.2 billion USD.

Earlier this week, environmental agencies in the U.S. reported detecting emissions inconsistencies in about 10,000 model-year 2014-2016 diesel vehicles equipped with 3.0-liter V6 engines, including:

  • 2014 VW Touareg
  • 2015 Porsche Cayenne
  • 2016 Audi A6 Quattro, A7 Quattro, A8, A8L, and Q5

The EPA published a letter (PDF) detailing its findings. VW adamantly denied the allegations, and said “no software has been installed in the 3.0 liter V6 diesel power units to alter emissions characteristics in a forbidden manner.”

The company has been under intense scrutiny after admitting installing illegal “defeat device” software to cheat on emissions tests. About 500,000 cars in the United Staes were affected out of 11 million vehicles with the software worldwide.

 

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