If you thought that the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal couldn’t get any worse, you were sadly mistaken. The company is now reporting that it has found “irregularities” in the carbon dioxide emissions levels of around 800,000 cars. That figure is just for Europe too; the worldwide number of affected cars could be much higher.
The original VW scandal revolved around nitrous oxide (NOx) emissions. Nitrous oxides are a toxic pollutant that are produced by diesel engines. There are ways of reducing the amount of NOx produced, though, such as catalytic reduction with urea. The other method, as VW has shown us, is to cheat on the emissions testing. Cheating tends to be cheaper in the short term, but it’s quite tricky in the long term if you get found out.
Now, however, VW is reporting that around 800,000 cars, mostly with 1.4-litre diesel engines, may have an issue with their carbon dioxide emissions as well. The two main cars affected are the VW Polo and Golf, but some cars from the Audi, Seat, and Skoda brands are also included. VW says that some 1.4-litre petrol engines may also be affected, but the company didn’t provide any further details.
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