For VW, the diesel scandal grows more and more of a disaster. Now also consolidated subsidiary Audi has admitted to have used for the determination of emission levels in the United States an illegal software. Affected is the V6 diesel engine by the manufacturer from 2009 to 2015 in the US - models A6, A7, A8, Q5 and Q7 has installed. Volkswagen uses the Touareg and Porsche in the aggregate since the 2013 model year in the Cayenne. " All affected models are technically safe and roadworthy ," it says in a statement from Audi. The sale of cars has now been stopped.
Already on Monday evening ( November 23 ) announced the company that a total of three software programs for the US approval of the three-liter TDI engine were used. One of them is protected under applicable US law as "Defeat Device " ?? a prohibited program for manipulating exhaust - emission tests for values ?? classified. This is actually the software for temperature optimization of the exhaust-system.
Audi now wants to work together with the US Environmental authorities ' swift, uncomplicated and customer-friendly solutions ". In addition, the parameters of the software are revised, documented and presented in the United States re-approving. The updated software will be applied as soon as it is released by the authorities. Audi estimates the effort for a medium double-digit million euro amount . ( hd )