In the aftermath of the recent Volkswagen emissions scandal, it’s been revealed that many of its subsidiaries have also been implicated. Audi, one of VW’s largest and most profitable brands, has announced that 2.1 million of its vehicles are fitted with the ‘defeat device’ that caused outrage in the global car industry late last month.
The company has revealed which models are fitted with the device. They include: the A1, A3, A4, A5, A6, TT, Q3 and the Q5. Of these 2.1 million affected vehicles, 393,450 of them are in the UK. In an attempt to put owner’s minds at ease, Audi has launched a website where you can check if your car is one of those affected.
Using your car’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), you’ll be able to find out if your car is fitted with the illegal software. The check-your-car website has helpful information on where you can find your VIN located. If you are the owner of a vehicle with the device installed, you do not need to do anything more. Audi has said they will be contacting customers within the coming weeks and that as the cars are still technically safe and roadworthy, you may continue to drive them.
Not much is known about how the cars will be ‘fixed’ but new Volkswagen CEO, Matthias Muller, has said the 11 million affected vehicles are to begin recalls in January 2016 and will take a year to complete. Muller also said this week that the battles to fix the damage and win back customers will “not be painless” for VW and its subsidiaries.
All the VW Group brands caught in the scandal have websites for you to check: Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and Seat. However, some may argue that this solution to customer’s worries comes a little too late.