It just keeps getting worse for Volkswagen. A new discovery has enlarged the emissions-cheating scandal the automaker has been embroiled in for the past year.
California regulators recently discovered more software on Volkswagen AG Audi models that allows cars to cheat carbon-dioxide emissions testing standards.
The software was designed to mask the kinds of emissions that are implicated in global warming instead of the emissions associated with smog.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) discovered the software four months ago, according to sources close to the matter. Neither U.S. regulators nor Volkswagen have disclosed the matter publicly.
Audi, which is Volkswagen’s luxury car arm, refused to comment, citing the on-going U.S. Justice Department scandal regarding Dieselgate.
It remains unclear how seriously officials in California and in Washington D.C. will take this new revelation.
Whatever the case, this new discovery comes just as Volkswagen is wrapping up billion-dollar settlements with local and federal governments and vehicle owners.
The newly discovered software was found on both gasoline and diesel powered Audi vehicles.
CARB technicians tested Audi vehicles by turning the steering wheel as though the vehicle were on the road and not in a lab. The vehicles’ CO2 output rose in response.
The discovery has come at a time when a German criminal investigation related to the diesel emissions scandal widened to include the company’s chairman.
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