KBA, a German auto industry watchdog, has found illegal emissions control software in Audi’s newest Euro 6 diesel vehicle models, forcing the Volkswagen-owned company to recall more than 127,000 new TDI equipped Audi cars.
The German newspaper Bild am Sonntag is reporting that Audi has been given until February 2nd to submit plans to the KBA regarding software updates for the emissions control systems of the vehicles in question. For its part, Audi has issued a statement saying that, “The engine control software for the vehicles in question will be completely revised, tested and submitted to the KBA for approval.”
Reuters provided a bit more context, stating that, “In November, Audi announced a recall of 5,000 cars in Europe for a software fix after discovering they emitted too much nitrogen oxide, the polluting gas that parent Volkswagen concealed from US regulators in its devastating, $18 billion ‘dieselgate’ scandal … Volkswagen was found in 2015 to have illegally manipulated engine software so that vehicles would meet nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions standards in laboratory testing but not in real-world conditions, where they could emit up to 40 times the permitted levels. Several Audi models were affected and Audi has been accused in media reports of having devised the so-called defeat devices years earlier but not to have installed them in its vehicles at that time. Audi and Volkswagen have never commented on the matter.”
Considering that the engineers behind the first wave of diesel emissions cheats are starting to get very real jail time for their roles in the scandal, you have to kind of assume that the people behind Dieselgate 2.0 (3.0?) will get worse, you know?
What do you think? Will they get off scot-free, or will the people involved this second time around get even more (well-earned) jail time than the first guys? Let us know what you think in the comments section at the bottom of the page.