Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has become the latest automaker to be called out over excessive emissions, with the British firm under fire from authorities for select models built between 2014 and 2018.
A new report by industry journal, Automotive News Europe, the European Union's Safety Gate Rapex claims JLR vehicles with 2.0-litre engines (both petrol and diesel) may emit "excessive levels of CO2 and may not conform with the certified condition".
According to the report, the recall covers engines built between 2014 and 2018, prior to the changeover from NEDC to WLTP emissions regulations.
The report adds there's 44,389 engines affected in the UK alone, with 9653 of those being petrol models.
Speaking with Automotive News Europe, Greg Archer, UK director for the European environmental pressure group, said: "JLR has clearly been minimizing the declared CO2 and under estimating emissions. I would call that cheating".
"I except they will claim it was an error," he added.
JLR is believed to be working with the UK's Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) on a fix and the timing of the recall notice.
The company said in a statement affected vehicles are being 'rectified' to "ensure the correct CO2 performance is dependably achieved".
It's the latest hit for the British automotive group, which has posted massive financial losses in recent months and falling sales across the globe, namely China.
Speaking with CarAdvice, JLR's local arm confirmed there are 1731 units affected in Australia – 958 Land Rovers and 773 Jaguars.
"Jaguar Land Rover is conducting a voluntary recall following the identification of CO2 performance variability with certain 2016-2019 MY Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles fitted with 2.0L diesel or petrol engines," said James Scrimshaw, PR manager for JLR Australia.
"The modifications made to affected vehicles will be made free of charge and every effort will be made to minimise inconvenience to the customer during the short time required for the work to be carried out."