Audi Confirms 2.1 Million Cars Involved in Emissions Scandal

28 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Volkswagen says 2.1million Audi cars are fitted with software to cheat emission tests.

VW sparked global outrage last week when it admitted that 11 million of its diesel cars are equipped with so-called defeat devices that activate pollution controls during tests but covertly turn them off when the car is on the road. After the severe battering VW shares took last week in the wake of the revelations, the stock continued to slide on Monday, shedding nearly seven percent.

According to German media reports at the weekend, Volkswagen ignored warnings from staff and a supplier years ago that the emission test rigging software was illegal. The automobile major has now suspended Audi development chief Ulrich Hackenberg, VW brand R&D boss Heinz-Jakob Neusser and Porsche development head Wolfgang Hatz, Reuters has reported. The spiralling scandal has badly tarnished VW’s name, left it exposed to up to 18 billion dollars (16 billion euros) in US fines, and wiped a third off its stock market value in a week.

Hackenberg, a Winterkorn confidante, was responsible for VW brand development from 2007 to 2013, while Hatz ran the group’s engine development from 2007 to 2011, a Automotive News Europe report has said. The report states that Neusser was the Volkswagen brand’s head of development since 2013, and the head of VW Group’s powertrain development since 2012. Volkswagen has been found guilty of using ‘defect devices’ on nearly 11 million diesel-powered cars, which includes 5 million Volkswagen Passenger Cars, and 2.1 million Audi cars.

While the Volkswagen cars using the Type EA 189 diesel engine are the ones that carry the device that lets them cheat on the emission tests, Audi has said that Audis with EU5 engines are the ones that carry the device.

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