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Volkswagen Group informs fleets that CO2 emissions for vehicles can't be guaranteed

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 Volkswagen Group brands in the UK - VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat - have told fleets they currently can't guarantee the CO2 emissions of certain vehicles with quoted figures being labelled "provisional".

Fleet News has seen emails from fleet directors to customers with lists of vehicles for which emissions and consumptions may be subject to change - mostly vehicles from 2015 or 16 model years (view the full listing here).

This follows last week's announcement that some 800,000 vehicles may have higher CO2 emissions than stated.

Writing to Volkswagen customers, head of fleet Michael O'Shea said: "We want to make it clear to you that it may be necessary to publish revised, and potentially increased, values in the near future."

However, the Volkswagen Group has said that if additional tax is incurred, the company intends to cover the cost to fleets and company car drivers, adding: "We want to make clear to you that the Volkswagen Group has informed relevant government authorities of this issue and intends to settle those potential additional taxes."

Vehicles that may be affected are predominantly diesel, with 1.4, 1.6 and 2.0-litre TDI units included on the list, as well as the 1.4 TSI petrol engine. 

There appears to be no crossover with vehicles affected by the diesel emissions issues that emerged in September.

Volkswagen, Skoda, Audi, and Seat have all updated website footers with the line "Our CO2 and consumption values are provisional and are currently under review. Revised values will be published if necessary."

Customers taking delivery of Volkswagen Group vehicles from will now be asked to sign a letter confirming they understand that figures are subject to change, and that figures may be subject to a "potential increase".

Meanwhile, Volkswagen Group has informed the Transport Select Committee that some vehicles affected by the diesel emissions scandal will have to wait until late September to have vehicles rectified - a year after the news broke.

For further analysis and what this may mean for fleets in terms of tax and residual values, see the next edition of Fleet News.

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  • Sage & Onion - 12/11/2015 11:46

    What this article doesn't make clear is if the extra tax that might be payable would apply to vehicles that are already registered or just on new models on order that might have their CO2 rating changed before the V5 is issued. I read an article a few weeks ago that stated that HMRC would not be retro-charging company car drivers for cars chosen in good faith based on official co2 ratings. Could someone from FN or VW or indeed HMRC clarify this please. The letters from VW state that VW will settle any tax issues with HMRC but tax is a personal issue and VW won't know what tax rate the drivers pay etc.

    • Gareth Roberts - 12/11/2015 12:56

      Thanks for your comment. We're currently trying to get further information from HMRC on this and will report back when we do.

  • Seth - 12/11/2015 12:03

    Will there be any compensation for owners if re-sale values are affected?

    • Sage & Onion - 12/11/2015 13:00

      I think the problem is going to be proving that lower resale values are directly caused by the emissions issue rather than fluctuations caused by supply & demand of certain models, or even vehicle condition and mileage etc. There are never any guarantees on resale value as a car is only worth what someone is prepared to pay for it at any point in time. To sell a car we need a buyer prepared to part with their cash not a value written in a forecast book. The first test case will be interesting though!

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