VW’s Audi division says 2.1M cars affected in emissions scandal

28 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

BREAKING NEWS: Audi says 2.1million of its diesel cars worldwide are fitted with the emissions cheat devices used by parent company Volkswagen.

Volkswagen’s top-of-the-range automaker Audi today admitted that 2.1million of its diesel cars worldwide are fitted with the sophisticated software enabling them to cheat emission tests. Some 1.42 million Audi vehicles with so-called EU5 engines are affected in Western Europe, with 577,000 in Germany and almost 13,000 in the United States, an Audi spokesman said.

Shares in Volkswagen continued to slide on Monday, shedding nearly seven per cent as the scandal over rigged pollution tests shows no signs of abating. In late morning trade on the Frankfurt stock exchange, VW shares – which took a battering last week after the company admitted to installing emission-test cheating devices in its diesel engines – plunged 6.9 per cent to an intraday low of €99.85. According to German media reports at the weekend, Volkswagen ignored warnings from staff and a supplier years ago that the emission test rigging software – which sparked the company’s worst ever scandal – was illegal. Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung also reported that a Volkswagen technician raised concerns about illegal practices in connection with emissions levels in 2011.

The spiralling scandal has badly tarnished VW’s name, left it exposed to up to $18billion in U.S. fines and wiped out a third off its stock market value in a week. Last Friday, the VW board tapped company insider Matthias Mueller – chief of its luxury sports car brand Porsche – to steer the world’s largest automaker out of the wreckage.

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