Embattled German car manufacturer Volkswagen has suffered a fresh blow after it emerged that an additional 800,000 of its vehicles in Europe may be churning out excess carbon dioxide after ‘irregularities’ in emissions were discovered.
Brands such as VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat are believed to have fallen foul of the latest scandal which could cost the car giant around £1.4bn to put right, with both diesel and petrol models believed to be affected.
Speaking to the BBC a VW spokesman blamed the latest irregularities on the way cars with smaller engines are certified to meet carbon emissions limits and follows hot on the heels of revelations that the manufacturer had installed ‘cheat’ devices on diesel cars to fake emissions of Nitrogen Oxide.
Unlike that earlier scandal Volkswagen has not commented on whether it believes the discrepancies arise from a conscious attempt to beat the system or were a genuine mistake.
VW chief Matthias Mueller said: "From the very start I have pushed hard for the relentless and comprehensive clarification of events. We will stop at nothing and nobody. This is a painful process, but it is our only alternative. For us, the only thing that counts is the truth."
Nevertheless news of the admission sent shares in the firm plunging seven per cent on the Frankfurt stock exchange.