German paper reports that VW knew about fuel usage problem a year ago

German paper reports that VW knew about fuel usage problem a year ago

According to a report in German Sunday paper Bild am Sonntag, top executives at Volkswagen (VW) apparently became aware of the fuel usage problem affecting some of the company’s cars a year back.

The report, based on the information shared by unidentified sources, said that, for over the last nearly one year, senior executives at the bigwig German automaker VW knew that the fuel efficiency of some of the company's cars was markedly lower than what had been officially stated.

The Bild am Sonntag report that VW’s top executives had knowledge already a year ago of overstated fuel efficiency of some of the VW models contradicts the assertion by the automaker that the false CO2 emissions labeling came to light only after the ‘diesel emissions’ scandal became public in September this year. The company said that it uncovered the false labeling as part of its efforts to clear up the emissions scandal.

However, the paper also cited undisclosed sources close to VW’s former CEO Martin Winterkorn to reveal that, after months of awareness about its vehicles’ excessive fuel consumption, VW pulled one its models - the Polo TDI BlueMotion - from the market this spring, because the discrepancy between the claimed and actual fuel efficiency was particularly prominent in that model.

The paper said that VW had not told Polo TDI BlueMotion owners that the actual fuel consumption of the vehicle was 18 percent above the nameplate value.

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