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Volkswagen has claimed that there has been no “unlawful change” to its stated fuel consumption and CO2 figures in Europe. It also admits that only a handful of new car variants have been affected, and will soon have its catalogues adjusted accordingly.

Following initial revelations made by Volkswagen that up to 800,000 vehicles in Europe would require hardware and software fixes for falsely claimed fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures, it turns out that only nine model variants of the Volkswagen brand have been affected. Do remember that this is limited to Europe — the state of the dieselgate scandal remains unchanged in the US.

In a new press statement, Volkswagen said, “following extensive internal investigations and measurement checks, it is clear that almost all of these model variants correspond to CO2 figures originally determined.”

It continued, “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 re-measurements, slight deviations were found on just nine model variants of the Volkswagen brand.”

The car maker admits that the 800,000 vehicles initially stated were an approximate figure made under suspicion, and had not been confirmed. Today, it confirms that only nine model variants have been affected.

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Volkswagen also clarified that given its annual production of 36,000 model variants, the total number of affected vehicles amount to just 0.5% of the Volkswagen brand’s volume. The nine model variants include:

  • Polo 1.0 TSI BlueMotion 70kW EU6 7-speed DSG
  • Scirocco 2.0 TDI BMT 135kW EU6 6-speed manual
  • Jetta 1.2 TSI BMW 77kW EU6 6-speed manual
  • Jetta 2.0 TDI BMT 81kW EU6 5-speed manual
  • Golf Cabriolet 2.0 TDI BMT 81kW EU6 5-speed manual
  • Golf 2.0 TDI BMT 110kW EU6 6-speed manual
  • Passat Alltrack 2.0 TSI 4MOTION BMT 162kW EU6 7-speed DSG
  • Passat Variant 2.0 TDI SCR 4MOTION BMT 176kW EU6 7-speed DSG
  • Passat Variant 1.4 TSI ACT BMT 110kW EU6 6-speed manual

For the nine listed model variants, CO2 adjustments will be made in their catalogues. Other brands such as Audi, Skoda and SEAT will also undergo a similar procedure. It’s said that fuel consumption figures would not be changed, nor will there be any technical modifications necessary.

Volkswagen concluded that, “against this background, the negative impact on earnings of two billion euros (RM9.4 billion) that was originally expected has not been confirmed. Whether we will have a minor economic impact, depends on the results of the re-measurement exercise.”