Germany to retest all Volkswagen diesel, petrol cars

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Short of the recent Takata scandal, there’s very little going on in the automotive world that can rival the scale of the ongoing ‘Dieselgate‘ scandal that has plagued German carmaker, Volkswagen. In the latest development surrounding said saga, Germany will be looking to retest all petrol and diesel Volkswagen cars.

According to Reuters, Germany’s transport minister, Alexander Dobrindt, has expressed his “irritation” at one of the nation’s largest employer and has issued a directive that will see both diesel and petrol models from Volkswagen as well as Audi, Skoda and Seat retested for for carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide emissions levels. Up to 98,000 petrol vehicles are now believed to have been dragged into the scandal, as well.

“Today we were told that among the affected vehicles are 98,000 petrol vehicles,” Dobrindt told the German lower house of parliament. Volkswagen has admitted that it had also “underestimated” the levels of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions on its petrol cars.

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Across the Atlantic, matters appear to be worsening as well with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issuing a second notice of violation (NOV) to five brands under the Volkswagen portfolio in relation to its 3.0 litre TDI V6 engine. Said mill is employed in several models including the 2014 Volkswagen Touareg, 2015 Porsche Cayenne, 2016 Audi A6 quattro, A7 quattro, A8, A8L, as well as the Audi Q5.

The above listed models have since been pulled from the showroom floor in the US and Canada. As it stands, the current predicament has made matters all the more difficult for Volkswagen as it was previously reported that the “[German] government had said it would review only nitrogen dioxide emissions from VW diesel cars.” Dobrindt added, “we all have an interest that everything at VW is turned over and reviewed.”

To recap, the ‘Dieselgate’ scandal first erupted in September whereby Volkswagen diesel cars were found to be equipped with “defeat devices” that allowed said vehicles to register false numbers when tested for emissions. Since then, the scandal has led to worldwide recalls along with the losses of jobs.

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Gregory Sze

An “actor” by training, Gregory Sze realised that he has had enough of drama in his life. Following his number one passion (acting was actually number two), he decided to make the jump into the realm of automotive journalism. He appreciates the simple things in life – a simple car with nothing but back-to-basics mechanical engineering and minimal electronics on board.



  • VW = che*ter on Nov 06, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Retest all VW cars? Please dont do that, they will find out even more faulty parts and cheating devices, then VW has to go out of business. What am I suppose to laugh at in the future ?

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    • Retest ALL DSG in Malaysia. Pay RM200k for a junk that stalls, judder and breakdown every other month

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    • Brad Woo on Nov 08, 2015 at 8:00 am

      We still have Proton to laugh at

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  • Deeassgee on Nov 06, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    How many dsg comments will we see here?

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    • You should see VGM facebook, so many DSG comments about breakdowns. Only an idiot will buy VW in Malaysia

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  • timbuktu on Nov 06, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    This is expected from VW because the are full of lies. If German Minister himself cannot trust VW, imagine Malaysian VGM. VGM is worse. They are the champion of lies. Until today, DSG also they are still selling lemons.

    Moral of story is this, stay away from VW in Malaysia. If you don’t buy also, advice your firends and family to keep away from VW in Malaysia. The constant breakdowns will make you weep and cry.

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    • VGM also lie about the 5 year warranty. Only 2 years and 3 years is actually insurance warranty which many people say always decline their claim

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  • Where Pondan VGM salesman? on Nov 06, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Where all the pondan VGM salesman say only diesel affcted and don’t worry our VW is petrol only.

    the can of worms slowly opening.

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  • All VW cars also include Audi and Porsche.

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