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VW finds more gas-powered engines cheated on CO2 emissions

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Volkswagen manipulated the carbon dioxide emission levels of more gas-powered vehicles than previously disclosed, a spokesman for the carmaker said on Monday according to a report by Reuters from Berlin.

VW said on Nov. 3 it had understated the level of CO2 emissions in about 800,000 cars sold mainly in Europe, and consequently misstated their fuel usage.

Then the German automaker said that the cheating affected predominantly 1.2 and 1.4 liter diesel engines and one gas-powered engine, the 1.4 liter motor with a cylinder cut-off.

In a statement published on Friday, Volkswagen said it had also identified "implausible CO2 levels" in current gas models, including the 1.0 liter Seat Ibiza, the 1.2 liter VW Jetta and the 2.0 liter VW Passat. 

Some 24 models with gasoline-fueled engines, from a total 130 VW group vehicles, were listed.

A VW spokesman confirmed on Monday more gas-powered engines were implicated by the CO2 malfeasance than previously disclosed.

The revelations about fuel economy and CO2 emissions have deepened the crisis at VW, which is expecting costs of at nearly $2.1 billion dollars linked to these issues.

The scandal initially centered on software used on up to 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide to cheat emissions tests. VW admitted in September they had vastly understated their actual emissions of pollutant nitrogen oxide. 

VW has set aside over $7 billion dollars to help cover costs related to the vehicle recalls.

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