Audi in the Volkswagen Emissions Scandal: 850,000 diesel vehicles recalled
Luxury automaker Audi are voluntarily recalling 870,000 diesel-powered vehicles in order to “fix” installed emissions software that allows vehicles to pass official testing through means, that we say, stem from deception.
Owned by the Volkswagen Group, Audi has left many long and loyal customers absolutely dismayed over revelations of their involvement in this scandal. Audi is famous for marketing its cars as technologically advanced and its diesel cars as innovative and eco-friendly; but it turns out this wasn’t the case at all…
New Audi recall
The latest recall is for Audi vehicles that have 6 or 8 cylinder diesel engines.
Fitted with so-called “defeat devices” that can manipulate Nitrogen Oxide levels for testing, Audi diesel cars, as they are, could be banned from some roads for emitting excessive pollution. The German government, as one example, are working with players in the motor industry to figure out a ‘diesel rescue plan‘ to be presented sometime in August.
There are already talks that diesel cars should be banned from populated inner-city areas where the denser air can cause greater respiratory damage to inhabitants. The VW Emissions Scandal may have exacerbated this view as well.
Statement from Audi
Audi submitted a statement professing an aim:
“…to maintain the future viability of diesel engines for its customers and to make a contribution towards improving air quality.”
It’s just too bad that wasn’t a priority before they, in our view, deceived customers and authorities, and potentially have caused greater damage to the environment.
Luxury Porsche Cayenne recall
VW Group owned Porsche Cayenne vehicles are also being recalled over the same issue. German transport minister, Alexander Dobrindt, announced the recall when the models were also reportedly found to be carrying so-called “defeat devices”.
As vehicles must be certified before they are distributed for sale, Dobrindt says he will postpone this until the software updates have been applied.
Related raids on Fiat Chrysler and Daimler
Other major automakers like Fiat Chrysler and Daimler are also having a rough time as their offices have been raided in search of evidence as to whether they have also been using so-called “defeat devices” – allegations both have protectively denied in the past.
Authorities in Germany and in the U.S. are wasting no time in investigating just how deep the emissions scandal may go.
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