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The Volkswagen Group has released information regarding all the vehicles on sale currently affected by the carbon dioxide emissions scandal – separate from the larger “dieselgate” involving so-called “defeat devices” used to cheat US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions testing. The list includes some 430,046 vehicles from Audi, SEAT, Skoda and VW which have had their CO2 emissions tests manipulated.

Although this figure is only slightly over half of the 800,000 units that VW estimates as being affected by the irregular emissions and fuel economy figures, do bear in mind that the list only includes cars made and sold during the 2016 model year.

The complete breakdown includes 15,733 units of the Audi A1, 32,161 units of the SEAT Ibiza and Leon, 83,282 units of the Skoda Fabia, Octavia, Rapid, Superb and Yeti, 281,617 units of the Volkswagen CC, Golf, Jetta, Passat, Polo, Scirocco, Tiguan and Touran and 17,253 units of the Volkswagen Caddy and T6 commercial vehicles.

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Cars affected are fitted with the 1.0 and 1.4 litre TSI petrol; 1.4, 1.6 and 2.0 litre TDI diesel; and 2.0 litre TFSI petrol engines (even the sportier Golf GTI and Golf R models are affected), mated to either dual-clutch DSG or manual transmissions.

The controversy surrounds the manipulation of in-house CO2 emissions testing to gain lower carbon dioxide emissions and fuel economy figures – and with it, lower the tax imposed on it. Among the techniques employed to sugarcoat ratings include raising the tyre pressures beyond 3.5 bar, as well as mixing diesel into the engine oil in order to improve engine operation and reduce fuel consumption.

The latest scandal sparked from now-resigned CEO Martin Winterkorn‘s audacious target – announced at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show – to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 30% in 2015. The engineers claimed it wasn’t possible to achieve that goal through legal means, but feared punishment from the top brass for underperforming, so they began to rig the tests – apparently as early as 2013.

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Now comes the rectification – VW is in the process of informing the relevant authorities and its importers and trading partners regarding the latest findings, and will then test the affected cars to determine the new, proper CO2 figures under the supervision of the German Federal Vehicle and Transport Authority (KBA).

National websites of the respective brands will also gain customer information pages over the coming week – customers will be able to find out whether their car has been affected by entering their vehicle identification number (VIN). The group has confirmed that the safety of the cars affected has not been compromised, so they will not need to be recalled.

Volkswagen is still looking into the cars affected from previous model years with the help of authorities, and is also speaking with financial and fiscal authorities of respective countries to make sure that any tax difference is charged straight to the company instead of being passed down to the customers. VW is also reportedly looking to buy back these cars, for as much as 10% over current market rates.