Volkswagen Says 430,000 New Cars Cheated CO2 Levels

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole
volkswagen says 430 000 new cars cheated co2 levels

Update: A spokesman for Volkswagen of America said U.S. cars aren’t affected.

Volkswagen announced Friday that more than 400,000 of its cars with “irregularities” in reported carbon dioxide emissions were new cars, which could shed new light on how many more cars the beleaguered automaker would have to pay for.

This month, Volkswagen announced 800,000 cars emitted more carbon dioxide than reported to regulators. Of those cars, Volkswagen announced Friday that 430,000 were 2016 models across many of the automaker’s brands including Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and Seat. It’s unclear how many older models may be added to the list of cars that emit more carbon dioxide.

When Volkswagen announced it lied about carbon dioxide emissions the automaker estimated that it would cost up to $2 billion to fix.

Volkswagen hasn’t yet announced how much the diesel scandal would cost the company, although some analysts have estimated that the scandal could cost much more than initially estimated. A Barclays analyst said Friday that the scandal could cost more than $26 billion by 2017, according to Bloomberg.

The automaker may meet with banks on Monday to acquire more than $21 billion in “bridge financing” to cope with the financial strain of its growing crises.

The list of cars that could emit more carbon dioxide is comprised of mostly European-only cars and diesel-powered models currently affected by the company’s diesel scandal. Included on the carbon-dioxide list are Volkswagen GTI and Golf R models that were sold in the U.S. but wouldn’t be affected, according to a Volkswagen spokesman.

According to Bloomberg, Volkswagen may submit Monday its plan to German authorities to fix 1.6-liter diesel models that have been illegally polluting. That fix for its smaller engines may only be a software update, according to the report.

The automaker has not announced its plans for fixing 482,000 cars affected in the U.S.

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  • on Nov 14, 2015

    Where are all the folks that laughed early on when I said this was going to break VW? They may not survive? Huh?

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    • RobertRyan RobertRyan on Nov 15, 2015

      @heardon, Cannot see ANY of that happening. VW, is very much into cost containment,not selling off divisions

  • Sector 5 Sector 5 on Nov 15, 2015

    And the next volcanic eruption produces how much sulphuric acid and co2 from incineration? For the 100 it should be prison and bra & pantie time.

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    • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Nov 17, 2015

      @Drzhivago138 Frylock50, funny that you mention continental drift. That was mentioned in the first car review I read at TTAC, way back when Robert Farago was in charge. As I recall, the car being reviewed was the Pontiac Grand Prix with the base engine. The reviewer mentioned the acceleration in a race and put his money on continental drift! The reviewer also noted that it was the last year for that car, and you could pick one up for a song. His advice? Don't. 2005 - it seems like only yesterday.

  • ToolGuy CXXVIII comments?!?
  • ToolGuy I did truck things with my truck this past week, twenty-odd miles from home (farther than usual). Recall that the interior bed space of my (modified) truck is 98" x 74". On the ride home yesterday the bed carried a 20 foot extension ladder (10 feet long, flagged 14 inches past the rear bumper), two other ladders, a smallish air compressor, a largish shop vac, three large bins, some materials, some scrap, and a slew of tool cases/bags. It was pretty full, is what I'm saying.The range of the Cybertruck would have been just fine. Nothing I carried had any substantial weight to it, in truck terms. The frunk would have been extremely useful (lock the tool cases there, out of the way of the Bed Stuff, away from prying eyes and grasping fingers -- you say I can charge my cordless tools there? bonus). Stainless steel plus no paint is a plus.Apparently the Cybertruck bed will be 78" long (but over 96" with the tailgate folded down) and 60-65" wide. And then Tesla promises "100 cubic feet of exterior, lockable storage — including the under-bed, frunk and sail pillars." Underbed storage requires the bed to be clear of other stuff, but bottom line everything would have fit, especially when we consider the second row of seats (tools and some materials out of the weather).Some days I was hauling mostly air on one leg of the trip. There were several store runs involved, some for 8-foot stock. One day I bummed a ride in a Roush Mustang. Three separate times other drivers tried to run into my truck (stainless steel panels, yes please). The fuel savings would be large enough for me to notice and to care.TL;DR: This truck would work for me, as a truck. Sample size = 1.
  • Art Vandelay Dodge should bring this back. They could sell it as the classic classic classic model
  • Surferjoe Still have a 2013 RDX, naturally aspirated V6, just can't get behind a 4 banger turbo.Also gloriously absent, ESS, lane departure warnings, etc.
  • ToolGuy Is it a genuine Top Hand? Oh, I forgot, I don't care. 🙂