Report: Volkswagen Knew Fuel Consumption Claims Were Bogus Last Year
German newspaper Bild Am Sonntag (via Reuters) reported Sunday that engineers within Volkswagen knew more than one year ago that its cars didn’t meet reported fuel consumption and even pulled a model from sale because of the deception.
Volkswagen admitted in October that 800,000 cars sold in Europe didn’t meet advertised fuel economy and that the company would pay more than $2.1 billion for the scandal.
According to Reuters, Volkswagen didn’t comment on the claim that executives knew about the cheating crisis before October, and said that the slow-selling Polo BlueMotion was pulled due to poor sales.
“The offering of the Blue Motion TDI Polo was suspended in all markets due to subdued demand. We are currently testing all models built from 2012 for differences in CO2 levels from the listed values,” VW told Reuters.
Bild didn’t quote any sources nor cite specific information on how it obtained the report.
The story presents a different version of events than presented by Volkswagen when it announced it had cheated fuel economy requirements in Europe.
The company said it first learned about its carbon dioxide crisis after it admitted cheating emissions tests on its 2-liter diesel cars in September.
If true, the report would be a damning indictment of top-level executives who may have known that their cars were cheating well before the company admitted to it.