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Volkswagen Emissions-Testing Scandal Includes 800,000 More Cars

vwlogoThe emissions-testing scandal at Volkswagen (VW) could include about 800,000 more cars recalled than previously disclosed. VW is stopping U.S. sales of certain vehicles.

VW said it understated the level of carbon-dioxide emissions and fuel use of the additional cars to regulators. Some of the cars were gasoline-powered, Volkswagen said, moving the violations beyond the company’s diesel fleet for the first time. Where does it end?

Volkswagen advised the German Transport Ministry that about 98,000 of the affected cars are gasoline-powered. VW hadn’t previously said how many were gasoline or diesel.

Germany plans to test all Volkswagen cars for fuel-economy, CO2 and nitrogen-oxide emissions after Volkswagen admitted some vehicles it tested raised questions about past mileage claims.

In the U.S., Volkswagen said it would halt sales of newer model vehicles with 3.0 liter diesel engines while it reviews new U.S. test data. The stop-sale includes 2013-2016 model-year Volkswagen and Audi vehicles and 2014-2016 Porsche Cayenne sport-utility vehicles. Earlier this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said its tests found illegal “defeat device” software in some of those vehicles that allowed them to cheat emissions tests.

The company separately ordered recalls of other cars in the U.S. to repair a faulty camshaft lobe that can shear off, reducing engine and braking power.

The 91,867 models affected include the Jetta, Passat, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Golf/GTI and Golf Sportwagen. Overall, the company through the end of October sold roughly 294,600 vehicles in the U.S. this year, including about 31,000 SUVs.

Volkswagen disclosed the latest emissions error after conducting its own tests following its admission in September that up to 11 million diesel-powered vehicles world-wide with model years between 2009 and 2015 could have so-called defeat devices that lowered tailpipe emissions of nitrogen oxides during laboratory testing.

U.S. and European authorities have begun regulatory and criminal investigations.

Barry Sommers

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