Volkswagen is being accused of tampering with their efficiency graphs, by adding a non-existant H-category so that their Phaeton wouldn’t appear to be in very last place. The energy efficiency graph is assigned to all new cars by the German Environmental Aid Association and are only mandatory for cars since December 1st, 2011.
Their 4.2L V8-powered Phaeton with 335-hp ranks in the G-category, and it appears that VW’s graph was manipulated to show an H-category, possibly clouding how inefficient the Phaeton really is.
Of course VW announced its innocence and that it was a simple mistake and they never had the intention to deceive their customers. The graphs were only used on their German website and not in dealer showrooms or other countries’ websites. It’s already been replaced by the proper one.
[Source: Left Lane News]