Audi Admits 3.3 Million Cars Have ‘Cheat’ Emissions Software
Audi could be in some really hot water, now that the truth is apparently coming out.
Audi and Czech-based car manufacturer Skoda admitted that 3.3 million cars are currently fitted with software that has allowed Volkswagen, their parent company, to “cheat” on US emissions tests. In particular, there is a mechanism on diesel cars that could detect when the engine was being tested. The device would then change the engine’s performance in order to improve results and earn a better rating. This was first discovered by the US Environmental Protection Agency, which prompted Audi to admit wrongdoing. In fact, Germany is looking into the matter as well, with prosecutors investigating former Volkswagen boss Martin Winterkorn, who has been replaced as CEO by fellow exec Matthias Mueller.
The pressure is likely to intensify on VW over the next two weeks, as the automaker has been given until October 7th to come up with a timeline for how it will bring its diesel cars up to emission standards — without using the cheat devices. That goes for Audi as well, whose affected models include the A1, A3, A4, A5, A6, TT, Q3 and Q5. In short, this is a complete disaster for Audi and VW, although it’s one that could have been avoided, had the company adopted a policy of honesty over deception.
Of course, Audi and VW aren’t the only one facing hardship, as Hyundai recently recalled nearly half a million hybrids last week due to a critical engine risk. Basically, it’s tough all over for automakers — in the U.S. and abroad.