Consumer Reports has decided to suspend its “recommended” rating on the Jetta and Passat diesel models until the vehicles can be re-tested with a recall repair performed.
Volkswagen is under fire after the German automaker has been cited by the EPA for cheating on diesel emissions tests. As a result, Consumer Reports will reassess the diesel models after a fix is in place, paying close attention to whether the repair has adversely affected performance or fuel economy.
Volkswagen has been accused of and has admitted to circumventing the emissions control system in about 482,000 diesel vehicles sold in the U.S. since 2008. The company currently faces a fine that could reach a total of $18 billion if the EPA leverages its maximum fine of $37,500 per vehicle.
Impacted models include the 2009-2015 Volkswagen Jetta and Jetta SportWagen, 2009-2015 Volkswagen Beetle and Beetle Convertible, 2009-2015 Audi A3, 2009-2015 Volkswagen Golf, 2014-2015 Volkswagen Passat and 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen.
Consumer Reports‘ decision to suspend its recommended rating will likely be the first of many repercussions stemming from the investigation.
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