Just a month after questions relating to the CO2 figures measured on some of the Group’s models arose, Volkswagen has largely concluded the clarification of the matter. 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. This means that these vehicles can be marketed and sold without any limitations. The suspicion that the fuel consumption figures of current production vehicles had been unlawfully changed was not confirmed. During internal remeasurements slight deviations were found on just 9 model variants of the Volkswagen brand.
These model variants will be remeasured by a neutral technical service under the supervision of the appropriate authority by Christmas. In cases where the correctness of original figures is confirmed, there will be no consequences. These cars can be offered for sale by dealers without any reservations. In the case of any deviations, the figures will be adjusted in the future in the course of the normal processes as required.
Volkswagen presented these results to the investigation commission of the Federal Government and the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA). The figure of approximately 800,000 vehicles under suspicion originally published by the Volkswagen Group has not been confirmed. The deviations found in the figures for only nine model variants amount to a few grams of CO2 on average, corresponding to increased cycle consumption in the NEDC of approximately 0.1 to 0.2 litres per 100 kilometres. With an annual production of approximately 36,000 vehicles, these model variants correspond to around only 0.5 per cent of the volume of the Volkswagen brand. The list of the 9 model variants:-
- Polo 1.0l TSI BlueMotion 70kW EU6 Seven-speed (DSG)
- Scirocco 2.0l TDI BMT 135kW EU6 Six-speed manual gearbox
- Jetta 1.2l TSI BMT 77kW EU6 Six-speed manual gearbox
- Jetta 2.0l TDI BMT 81kW EU6 Five-speed manual gearbox
- Golf Convertible 2.0l TDI BMT 81kW EU6 Five-speed manual gearbox
- Golf 2.0l TDI BMT 110kW EU6 Six-speed manual gearbox
- Passat Alltrack 2.0l TSI 4MOTION BMT 162kW EU6 Seven-speed (DSG)
- Passat Variant 2.0l TDI SCR 4MOTION BMT 176kW EU6 Seven-speed (DSG)
- Passat Variant 1.4l TSI ACT 4MOTION BMT 110kW EU6 Six-speed manual gearbox
The Group’s subsidiaries Audi, SKODA and SEAT have also agreed a similar procedure with the approval authorities responsible for the vehicles initially considered.
Customers’ real-world consumption figures do not change and neither are any technical vehicle modifications necessary. Against this background, the negative impact on earnings of Euro 2 billion that was originally expected has not been confirmed.
Whether VW will have a minor economic impact, depends on the results of the remeasurement exercise.