“This is the Truth in Engineering”… not sure Audi will be using that slogan for much longer.
Another spout of bad news for Volkswagen and its divisions this week, as Audi admits that a second ‘defeat device’ is in all of its 3.0-litre V6 diesel engines, which span from 2009 to this year. That’s a further 85,000 vehicles affected with some form of cheating software.
The luxury carmaker seemed to get off lightly when the emissions scandal first came to light in September, but now it’s just as dirty as its parent company. Especially considering VW strongly denied the EPA’s allegations that the 3.0-litre V6’s had a ‘defeat device’ installed. This public statement must seem like a pretty bad idea now, eh Müller?
“No software has been installed in the three-litre V6 diesel power units to alter emissions characteristics in a forbidden manner”. Ooh, did somebody say awkward?
Audi wanted to make clear that the device in their 3.0-litre V6 engines is not the same as those in the 11 million affected vehicles. This device is illegal to use in the U.S, but supposedly legal in Europe… although they’re still likely to get in trouble for not disclosing it.
It’s also been reported that Audi has created a ‘fix’ for all the cars affected, and it’ll only require a simple software upgrade. Compared with VW’s software and hardware repairs, Audi’s fix should be relatively easy. The brand has put forward their plans to the EPA for approval, but until they get the green light the cars are banned from being sold.
The overall cost of the scandal is yet to be determined, as more and more admissions seem to come every week. And the estimates don’t even begin to cover the potential lawsuits from the EPA, the government, the customers and the shareholders.
The newly admitted affected vehicles are the TDI versions of: the Audi A6, A7, A8, Q5 and Q7; the VW Touareg; and the Porsche Cayenne from 2013 onwards.