German newspaper Bild am Sonntag has shed some light regarding the new scandal at the Volkswagen Group concerning the rigged CO2 emissions data.

German newspaper Bild am Sonntag has shed some light regarding the new scandal at the Volkswagen Group concerning the rigged CO2 emissions data.

As a refresher, around 800,000 cars sold in Europe have “irregularities” as far as the CO2 emissions are concerned according to Volkswagen and they have promised to pay all the tax difference costs the customers will be charged. Now, more details have emerged about what caused this deceit and according to several engineers at VW they had no other way but to illegally fiddle with the CO2 emissions data in order to achieve the overly ambitious goals established by previous CEO Martin Winterkorn.

The shady maneuvers started back in 2013 and came to an end this past spring according to Bild am Sonntag and they say VW’s engineers modified the tire pressure and also mixed motor oil with the diesel to enable the cars use less fuel.

The official word right now from Volkswagen is that “employees have indicated in an internal investigation that there were irregularities in ascertaining fuel consumption data. How this happened is subject to ongoing proceedings.”

Getting back to former CEO Martin Winterkorn, apparently he said during the 2012 Geneva Motor Show that he wanted to cut CO2 emissions by 30% by 2015, but the engineers didn’t have the courage to tell him it would be very tricky to fulfill his desire. According to Bild, an engineer working at the company’s HQ in the R&D department in Wolfsburg decided to let the cat out of the bag at the end of last month when he told his superiors what was going on.

Reuters says VW’s supervisory board - including CEO Matthias Müller - will meet today for the first time in roughly a month and the subject of the day will be this new massive deception which will hamper Volkswagen Group’s image even further while generating huge costs in the process.

Source: Bild am Sonntag, Bild, Reuters via Automotive News Europe

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