Volkswagen Halts T6 Multivan Deliveries Due To Nitrogen Oxide Emissions Significantly Above Legal Limits

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Volkswagen has, for the time being, halted deliveries of its T6 multivan to dealerships after it was detected that the diesel van was emitting nitrogen oxide levels well above legal limits. The company has now reported this fact to Germany’s auto industry watchdog, KBA.

A spokesperson for Volkswagen’s van division commented on the matter: “VW commercial vehicles is looking into signs that certain technical data … cannot be fully confirmed” by actual reviews of the T6 van’s actual and planned emission levels.

The possibility that these discrepancies (or, ahem, “uncertainties” as Volkswagen reps have helpfully worded the issue) are due to the presence of illegal engine management software — that is, due to so-called “defeat devices” — was “ruled out” by the spokesperson in question, it should be noted.

Volkswagen is now running further tests, as per an agreement with the KBA.

Here’s more on the matter, via Reuters: “Earlier on Friday German magazine Der Spiegel, without identifying the source of its information, reported that VW tests had shown that T6 toxic nitrogen oxide emissions in part significantly exceeded legal limits as VW had set an emissions-related so-called ‘adjustment factor’ too low when seeking KBA approval for the model.

“The VW commercial vehicles division’s Amarok pick-up truck and box-type Caddy model were implicated in the carmaker’s ‘dieselgate’ scandal as they also carried the engine at the center of the manipulations, codenamed EA 189. The van division spokesman did not comment on engine types, the number of vehicles affected, or when the models in question were built. The KBA had no immediate comment on the matter.”

Given the weak actions taken to date by the KBA when it comes to the Volkswagen diesel emissions cheating scandal, I wouldn’t expect much of anything important to come out of this news, but it’s perhaps worth taking note of.

Something that’s very interesting to note here, though, is that while this minor scandal is unfolding, Deutsche Post DHL has been greatly ramping up production of the its all-electric “Work” model van — with sales to third parties now going strong. It is also now rising up the ranks of the top-selling plug-in vehicles in Europe.

As you may recall, when approached by Deutsche Post DHL a few years back about manufacturing an all-electric delivery van for them, Volkswagen execs basically scoffed and said that such a thing wasn’t possible.

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