Report: 127,000 New Audi Diesels to be Recalled for Emissions Violations
More than two years after news broke that Volkswagen Group diesel engines used software that allowed them to dodge emissions regulations, you would think the scandal would be over and that the German automaker would be able to move on. According to the latest report, however, that’s not quite the case.
Reuters reports that according to the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, the KBA, Germany’s automotive regulator, has ordered Audi to recall 127,000 vehicles. The reason? It found they contain illegal emissions control software. These aren’t older models, either. They’re newer vehicles that were supposed to meet Euro-6 requirements, the latest emissions standard that Europe uses. According to Audi, however, the vehicles the KBA wants it to recall were included in a broader recall from July that covered more than 850,000 V-6 and V-8 TDI models.
The same Bild am Sonntag report also claims that the KBA told Audi it has until February 2 to develop a plan to update its vehicles’ emissions control software to make sure it can’t be modified to violate regulations. Audi appears to be complying, telling Reuters that it’s working closely with the KBA and has spent the last several months looking for emissions irregularities in its current TDI models.
As Audi and the rest of Volkswagen Group continue working to finally put this diesel emissions scandal to rest, it’s also investing heavily in electric vehicle technology that will allow it to meet fuel economy regulations without depending as heavily on diesel. VW has partnered with BMW, Daimler, and Ford to build an EV charging network across Europe, and here in the U.S., it recently announced plans to build more than 2,800 charging stations by June 2019. It also plans to introduce quite a few fully electric vehicles over the next few years, from the quirky-but-cool I.D. Buzz to the sporty Porsche Mission E.