It was known a year ago by Volkswagen’s top executives that some of the company’s cars were “thirstier” than the stated official figures, Sunday paper Bild am Sonntag reported.
Yet another not-so-surprising disclosure in Volkswagen’s diesel Odyssey. You don’t have to own a car or to drive thousands of miles to figure out that real-world fuel consumption has nothing to do with official figures stated by the automakers. It is a well-known fact that all that fuel-efficiency numbers written on a piece of paper have no real-world traffic value. They are all marketing gimmicks, almost all for the sake of not generalizing. And it is obviously the same story with the emission levels. Therefore, nobody will be blown away by the fact Volkswagen’s top executives knew as long as one year ago that some of the company’s cars were markedly less fuel efficient than had been officially stated, Sunday paper Bild am Sonntag reported, without specifying its sources. Only from a year ago? – if I am allowed to ask. Obviously, the Bild am Sonntag report contradicts VW’s disclosure that it only concealed the false CO2 emissions labeling as part of efforts to clear up the diesel emissions scandal.
Learning with “surprise” about the higher than stated fuel levels, former Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn decided to withdraw one model off the market where the discrepancy was too obvious, namely the Polo TDI BlueMotion, the paper cited sources close to Winterkorn. The reason given by Volkswagen at that time for the model’s being pulled out was the low demand for the Polo TDI BlueMotion, which had an 18 percent higher fuel consumption than the official figure. The VW spokesman reaffirmed the previously cited reason for the withdrawal. “The offering of the Blue Motion TDI Polo was suspended in all markets due to subdued demand. We are currently testing all models built from 2012 for differences in CO2 levels from the listed values.”