VW Dieselgate – Volkswagens using more diesel fuel after recall, research finds | Cars | Life & Style
The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) claims a 2010 Golf used more diesel fuel after it had been recalled in a fix designed to cut the emissions.
When conducted real-world testing they found the vehicle used an average of seven per cent more fuel after it had been recalled, ranging from two per cent more in urban areas to 14 per cent more on highways.
The analysis examined affected VW cars before recall and immediately after.
The AAA have also called for real-world testing after finding that emissions from nitrogen oxides were still four times the levels observed in laboratory testing.
The report did find that after the recall there was a reduction in harmful emissions and that the fix has not detrimentally impacted vehicle performance.
Volkswagen has rejected the AAA’s findings and that its software updates have been approved by the German government.
Volkswagen spokesman Paul Pottinger said: “The German government approved Volkswagen’s software update on the basis that it did not adversely affect the emissions or fuel economy of vehicles in test conditions.”
He said leading motorists’ organisations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland had tested Volkswagen vehicles and concluded that they performed as expected after the software update.
“Their conclusions after testing these cars, consistent with the views of the German government agency responsible for approving the software update, are exactly the opposite of what the AAA has asserted its testing shows”, he added.
This latest development brings Volkswagen under greater scrutiny as it tries to move past the ‘dieselgate’ scandal, where it admitted to US regulators in September 2015 it had cheated on emissions tests.
It used software installed in as many as 11 million diesel vehicles sold worldwide – the majority of them in Europe.
The research was conducted by ABMARC on behalf of the AAA.