VW Bosses Knew of Petrol Problems a Year Ago, Says Source

By Gary Cutlack on at

An unnamed source speaking to German paper Bild am Sonntag claims top brass inside Volkswagen knew there was a gulf between stated and actual CO2 output long before it was made public, with the paper's source claiming it may have been aware some petrol cars were cheating tests up to a year ago.

The paper says that despite VW saying it uncovered flaws in its CO2 testing programme after the diesel scandal it actually knew much earlier, claiming that one petrol model was pulled from sale due to missing its stated emissions levels for standard driving by such a wide margin.

This claim concerns the admission that carbon dioxide emissions and therefore fuel usage stats for around 800,000 models were seemingly also fiddled with somehow. Bild basically says that VW's claim that false CO2 emissions were found as part of the investigation into the diesel scandal is a lie, and that former chief exec Martin Winterkorn himself was aware of the problem -- and instructed the company to pull the Polo TDI BlueMotion from sale due to it being the biggest of the cheats.

VW still says that Polo was pulled due to "subdued demand" and is sticking to the line that the CO2 discovery came after the diesel revelations. [Independent]