Audi probed, new illegal defeat device suspected
11 May, 2018
German motor vehicle authority KBA summoned last week Audi for a formal hearing about whether its diesel-engined A6/A7 models have been fitted with a previously unknown defeat device, Germany's Transport Ministry announced last Tuesday. “The KBA has requested a hearing on suspicion the Audi V6TDI A6/A7 models have been fitted with an illegal defeat device,” the ministry confirmed in a statement cited by Reuters. Audi was not immediately available for comment.
In Germany only, around 30,000 diesel vehicles equipped with six-cylinder diesel engines may have been fitted with an illegal software emissions device, German weekly magazine Spiegel reported earlier last week. Around 60,000 vehicles world-wide have been fitted with the suspect V6TDI engines, the transport ministry said, adding that the pan-European road certification of the Audi models in question was issued in Luxembourg.
A new emissions software issue means that more Audi vehicles than the previously agreed 850,000 with six-cylinder and eight-cylinder engines will need to be recalled and repaired, sources familiar with the matter said.