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Volkswagen in another emissions scandal; 800,000 cars affected

Volkswagen engineers have admitted that 800,000 vehicles have cheated carbon dioxide emission standards, following the German car maker’s confession that another 11 million cars had cheated tests through software.

The Australian and others report that an article yesterday in Germany’s Bild am Sonntag newspaper included confessions from an engineer that test results were deliberately misleading. Other unnamed employees admitted knowledge of this.

"Employees have indicated in an internal investigation that there were irregularities in ascertaining fuel consumption data. How this happened is subject to ongoing proceedings," a spokesperson from Volkswagen said.

The Verge and others suggest the test results were doctored as employees would rather this than fail a goal by former CEO Martin Winterkorn, announced in March 2012, that C02 emission levels would be cut by 30 per cent by this year.

According to Reuters, the deception involved changing tyre pressure and mixing diesel with motor oil to give misleading efficiency results, which were then accepted at face value by Germany’s motor transport authority.

Late in September, the car maker admitted it had cheated emissions tests in laboratories measuring nirtous oxide output using "defeat device" software, affecting an estimated 11 million diesel vehicles.

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