Volkswagen Admits To Large Vehicle Diesel Cheating

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Volkswagen AG has admitted to diesel emissions cheating on its larger luxury cars and SUVs.

VW told U.S. regulators this week that an additional 75,000 vehicles dating back to 2009 were affected by the cheating.

The Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal up until this point was focused mainly on smaller-engined, mass-market cars, and raised the possibility that engineers at both the Audi and VW brands could have been involved in separate emissions schemes.

The EPA and California Air Resources Board on November 2 said Volkswagen had also rigged its emissions tests for at least 10,000 Audi, Porsche and VW sport utility vehicles and cars with 3-liter, V-6 diesel engines. VW denied that claim when it was first raised.

On Thursday, VW and Audi told the EPA that the issues extend to all 3-liter diesel engines from model years 2009 through 2016. The EPA says that admission of guilt involves 85,000 additional vehicles.

In September, VW admitted to selling at least 482,000 four-cylinder 2-liter engines in the United States that cheated on emissions tests. The vehicles have been spewing out 40 times the allowable emissions.
Volkswagen’s cheating has not extended to more than 11,000 vehicles worldwide. Fines and lawsuits are expected to cost the vehicle manufacturer no less than $36 billion.

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Written by Lane Hanson

Lane Hanson

Lane Hanson is BusinessPundit's Economy Editor. He reports on major changes in the US and Global Economies.