November 4, 2015 — Volkswagen (VW) has admitted using illegal software to cheat carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions tests on 800,000 cars, including some gas engines.
The “unexplained inconsistencies” were discovered during an internal investigation led by Jones Day. The problem mostly affects diesel engines, but some 1.4-liter gas engines with fuel-saving devices to deactivate cylinders are also involved.
None of the vehicles are located in the United States, a spokesman for the company told USA Today.
VW estimated it would cost another $2.2 billion to make amends for the problem. The company has already set aside roughly $7.3 billion, equivalent to about a half-year of profits.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other pollution authorities are continuing to investigate. Earlier this week, they sent a letter accusing VW of installing emissions-cheating software on about 10,000 model-year 2014-2016 diesel vehicles equipped with 3.0-liter V6 engines, including:
- 2014 VW Touareg
- 2015 Porsche Cayenne
- 2016 Audi A6 Quattro, A7 Quattro, A8, A8L, and Q5
VW vehemently denies the allegations, and said “no software has been installed in the 3.0 liter V6 diesel power units to alter emissions characteristics in a forbidden manner.”