‘Dieselgate’ VW cars still failing tests in Australia

Volkswagen vehicles recalled and fixed after the worldwide “dieselgate” emissions cheating scandal are using more fuel and still failing pollution tests, according to a study by Australia’s peak motoring body released yesterday.VW admitted in 2015 to equipping about 11 million cars worldwide with “defeat devices”, which allowed them to deceive emissions laboratory tests but emit up to 40 times the permissible levels of harmful nitrogen oxide during actual driving.The tainted cars were recalled by VW, but the Australian Automobile Association said tests it commissioned on local vehicles before and after being updated showed they were still exceeding regulations in real-world settings.“Emissions analysis… found an affected VW diesel vehicle to be using up to 14 percent more diesel after recall, and still emitting noxious emissions more than 400 per cent higher than levels observed in laboratory testing,” the AAA said in a statement.The emissions were lower than before the fix, but higher than the limits allowed in Australia, added the AAA, which conducted the tests in partnership with motorsports’ governing body Federation Internationale de l’Automobile.Volkswagen yesterday rejected the comparison and said Germany’s KBA motor vehicle authority had approved its software update, and the fixed vehicles “continue to satisfy European and Australian emissions standards.”

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