Volkswagen says 2016 vehicles affected by emissions scandal

Published: November 16, 2015

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones

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Volkswagen’s devastating (for both consumers and the company) CO2 emission scandal shows little sign of going away, and the company is making new revelations on an almost daily basis. The German automobile manufacturer announced over the weekend that it has shipped hundreds of thousands of vehicles this year that do not meet their emissions target.

The scandal erupted when Volkswagen was found to be using software to fool testers into thinking many of its diesel vehicles met emission targets. The reality when on the road is far different, with those same vehicles producing CO2 emissions vastly higher than what they legally should be.

Over 11 million vehicles around the world have been affected and the company admitted this weekend that some 430,046 of those are 2016 models, meaning the newest products the company has shipped.

“The internal investigations into the current vehicles of the 2016 model year provide results for narrowing down the actually affected vehicles with implausible CO2 figures. In total for the 2016 model year approx. 430,000 vehicles are affected across the Group. A list of the individual brands' affected models is attached.

In order to expedite any possible reassessment of the vehicles' CO2 figures without delay, the relevant authorities are being informed of the latest findings. At the same time the Volkswagen Group is informing its importers and trading partners.”

Like other major car markets, Canada has been widely affected by the scandal, with many suddenly operating vehicles that are not as environmentally friendly as VW had initially wanted them to believe.

Recently the company said that it would be trying to smooth relations with Canadian drivers (and those in North American as whole) by offering vouchers for up to $1000 and other perks. Owners of affected vehicles will get a prepaid VISA card and other credits that can be used at their discretion as Volkswagen dealerships around the country. Also, the company said it will provide three years of road side assistance to those drivers of the affected cars.

"We are working tirelessly to develop an approved remedy for affected vehicles," said the CEO of Volkswagen's U.S. unit, Michael Horn. "In the meantime, we are providing this goodwill package as a first step towards regaining our customers' trust."

However, it is not all bad news for Volkswagen. Sure, the emissions scandal has cost the company multi-billions of dollars, but interestingly the German brand is enjoying unprecedented sales. Car supplies at its dealerships are at a low not seen in years as consumers continue to buy vehicles in large numbers. Volkswagen has always been a popular brand and it seems despite the scandal consumers have not completely lost their trust, while the inclusion of plenty of customer incentives have certainly not hurt.