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1,27,000 Audis to be recalled globally over emissions

1,27,000 Audis to be recalled globally over emissions
CarTrade Editorial Team CarTrade Editorial Team Tuesday 23 January 2018, 17:38 PM

Germany's KBA motor transport authority has ordered Audi to recall around 1,27,000 vehicles over illicit emission-control software in their new Euro 6 diesel engine.

According to Audi, the models had been included in a voluntary recall of 850,000 diesel vehicles with V6 and V8 TDI engines announced in July. The recall has affected vehicles including the A4, A5, A6, A7 and A8 sedans and Q5 and Q7 SUVs. The KBA has found that the affected cars' engine management systems turn off emissions-reducing measures in real-world traffic but work as usual during testing. Audi said it has been examining its diesel cars for potential irregularities for months in close cooperation with the KBA.

The recall is a part of the systematic and detailed assessment issued by KBA regarding the V6 TDI engines, according to Audi. The Ingolstadt-based carmaker said that the engine control software for the vehicles in question will be completely revised, tested and submitted to the KBA for approval. If not acted accordingly, KBA threatens to withdraw the approval for Audi’s flagship A8.

In November last year, Audi had announced a recall of 5,000 cars in Europe for a software fix after discovering they emitted too much ofnitrogen oxide. Audi’s parent company Volkswagen Group concealed the same high NOx emissions from U.S. regulators in its infamous 2015 dieselgate. The German giant was found to have illegally manipulated engine software so that vehicles could meet NOx emissions standards in laboratory testing but not in real-world conditions, where they could emit up to 40 times the permitted levels.

Several Audi models were affected as well and the carmaker was accused of having devised the same cheating techniques years ago but escaped at that time claiming not to have installed them in its vehicles at all. However, Audi and Volkswagen never commented on the matter. Last month, Audi also ended the task force it had set up to investigate the number vehicles that manipulated software.

 

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