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Volkswagen admits it lied about greenhouse gas emissions for European diesel, gasoline vehicles

Volkswagen has admitted that it lied about greenhouse gas emission levels for more than 800,000 vehicles sold in Europe. Although most of the vehicles involved in Volkswagen’s latest admission were diesel vehicles, this latest admission raises the possibility that the recent VW emissions scandal may involve regular gasoline-powered vehicles sold by the German automaker.

Volkswagen’s statements regarding greenhouse gas emission levels comes just weeks after the company admitted that it had lied to consumers about the performance and fuel efficiency of its “TDI Clean Diesel” vehicles. The company admitted that about 11 million diesel-powered VW and Audi vehicles—including 500,000 sold in the U.S.—were equipped with a “defeat device” designed to hide the high levels emitted by these vehicles during emissions testing. The company announced plans to recall the models affected by the emissions cheating scandal, which include the Volkswagen Jetta TDI, Volkswagen Passat TDI, Volkswagen Golf TDI, Volkswagen Beetle TDI, and Audi A3 TDI.

Volkswagen officials have stated that the company uncovered the greenhouse gas emissions problem while investigating the emissions issue regarding its “TDI Clean Diesel” models. The company admitted that it had lied about the amount of carbon dioxide, or CO₂, emitted by hundreds of thousands of vehicles sold in Europe. The company has not revealed whether any vehicles sold in the U.S. were also affected by the CO₂ emissions problem.

Most of the vehicles affected by the latest emissions announcement by VW were equipped with the company’s EA 288 diesel engine, which was also implicated in the “Dieselgate” scandal. Volkswagen has stated that unlike the emissions issue that led to the diesel recall, the CO₂ emissions issue was probably not caused by software. However, the company was unable to offer any other explanation of why it had misled regulators about CO₂ emissions for these vehicles in its announcement.

Volkswagen’s latest emissions issue involves Volkswagen Polo, Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Passat, Audi A1, and Audi A3 vehicles sold in Europe during the model years 2012-2016. EPA officials have announced that they would study the latest VW emissions announcement to determine whether the issue could affect any diesel- or gasoline-powered vehicles sold in the U.S.

The German automaker’s announcement about the carbon dioxide emissions issue comes just days after it announced that more vehicles were involved in the diesel emissions cheating scandal than VW had originally admitted. The company revealed that additional Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche models sold by VW also contained “defeat device” software that hid the vehicles’ high emissions levels. About 10,000 additional vehicles were included in the announcement, including the 2014 Volkswagen Touareg, the 2015 Porsche Cayenne, and the 2016 Audi A6 Quattro, A7 Quattro, A8, A8L, and Q5.

Consumer Fraud Lawsuits Filed Against Volkswagen by Heygood, Orr & Pearson

After years of cover-up, Volkswagen admitted and confessed that it has lied to hundreds of thousands of customers who purchased its cars. Owners of the recalled vehicles are now stuck not only with decreased values of their cars but also with cars with emissions levels that are many times higher than allowed by EPA regulations, which means they may not comply with federal emissions standards. Pure and simple – this is egregious fraud.

Owners of one of the Volkswagen or Audi “TDI Clean Diesel” models that were recalled by VW may be eligible to join the numerous lawsuits that have already been filed against the German automakers. As Volkswagens admissions in the Dieselgate scandal have made clear, the company knew for years that it was selling vehicles that failed to meet U.S. emissions standards and fraudulently lied its customers by touting the eco-friendly technology of these vehicles.

The law firm of Heygood, Orr & Pearson has already filed several lawsuits against Volkswagen over the TDI emissions scandal. Our attorneys have tried or settled hundreds of cases involving product liability for our clients in recent years.

For more information about the lawsuits filed against Volkswagen and to receive a free legal consultation from an attorney, contact Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001. You can also reach us by following the link to our free case evaluation form and answering a few simple questions about your situation to get started.

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