Volkswagen AG must forgo GHG credits and lower fuel consumption for 98,000 vehicles after the US Environmental Protection Agency overstates the actual performance of auto software.
Bookmark  WASHINGTON: Volkswagen AG must forgo greenhouse gas credits and lower fuel consumption for 98,000 vehicles after the US Environmental Protection Agency overstates the actual performance of auto software.
Volkswagen announced on Friday that it has approved $ 96.5 million Judicial agreement, with no fine to reimburse affected customers Audi, Bentley, Porsche and Volkswagen vehicles, said the agency. As a result, the transmission shifted the gears in a manner that sometimes optimized fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions during the emissions test prescribed by the EPA, but not under normal driving conditions.
Vehicles that received lower ratings include versions of the Audi A8, Bentley Continental GT, Porsche Cayenne and VW Touareg. Not all of the five model years fall under the comparison.
According to EPA, Volkswagen has determined that the software has reduced the fuel consumption of some 98,000 vehicles by about one mile per gallon.
The issue was identified as part of an investigation by the EPA and California Air Resources Board into excessive diesel emissions in hundreds of thousands of US vehicles.
The German automaker admitted in 2015 to use illegal software to cheat US pollution tests, triggering a global backlash against diesel vehicles, which has so far cost 30 billion euros in fines, penalties and repurchase costs have tasted. Additional contingent liabilities amounting to 5.5 billion euros were set aside in May.
The EPA announced that Volkswagen will undervalue its greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 220,000 tonnes and lose EPA credits and credits under the Federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy program. The exact amount of the credits must be approved by the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The issue lowered fuel consumption for affected vehicles by about 3.5 percent. According to VW, customers receive US $ 5.40 in payments to the US $ 24.30 for each month the vehicle is owned or leased.
"Volkswagen is committed to providing its customers with transparent fuel consumption data for our vehicles in accordance with US labeling requirements," added VW spokesman Pietro Zollino.
The agreement "eliminates the uncertainty of lengthy legal disputes and does not include recognition of liability or misconduct by Volkswagen."
(Reporting by David Shepardson, editorial by Chizu Nomiyama and Richard Chang)
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