While the VW Group's actions haven't broken any laws, to my mind they do undermine its pledge to act in a more honest and transparent way.

By appearing to try and sneak these latest CO2 revisions to Seat and Audi models through without announcing them to the world in the same way it did for the VW brand, the natural conclusion is that they have tried to keep more bad news away from prying eyes.

Audi and Seat claim to have contacted fleet managers and would-be customers to inform them of the changes, as well as publishing the revised figures in official literature, but those procedural actions stand in stark contrast to the very public VW Group statement released to the world on 9 December regarding changes to VW models.

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It’s particularly damaging that the 9 December statement came just a day before Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG Hans Dieter Pötsch and Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Müller sat in front of the world’s press and claimed that they would leave no stone unturned in their quest to clean up the company’s tarnished image.