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Shares plummet as VW reports fresh problems

VW reported irregularities in carbon dioxide emission levels that could affect about 800,000 cars in Europe.

Car maker Volkswagen’s headquarters in Wolfsburg, central Germany. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Shares in Volkswagen have dropped after another emissions problem.

Volkswagen has now reported irregularities in carbon dioxide emission levels that could affect about 800,000 cars in Europe.

The company is already facing charges of fitting software to its diesel cars to hide emissions during testing.

Volkswagen says it came across problems with carbon dioxide levels while investigating diesel emissions.

It says brands that could be affected include Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and Seat.

The issue mainly affects diesel vehicles, but could also include petrol models.

The company says the problem lies in the way certain car types with "smaller engines" are certified to meet carbon dioxide emission standards.

Volkswagen has been under fire on a number of fronts, with US officials also accusing the car maker yesterday of fitting devices to hide nitrogen oxide on its larger three litre diesel engines, a claim it denies.

The car maker first made headlines several weeks ago when it admitted to fitting software to cars in the US and Europe to hide emissions levels during testing.

About 11 million vehicles worldwide are understood to be affected.