Audi voluntarily recalls 850,000 cars with V6 and V8 diesel engines, software updates to be given

Article by Christian A., on July 25, 2017

Good news for Audi EU5 and EU6 diesel car owners in Europe. They can now update their cars to fit six-cylinder or eight-cylinder TDI engines through a retrofit program, and the best part is that the company will give it to you for free. In addition, the new engines will improve your car’s emissions even beyond the current legal requirements. Audi will be installing this new software in a total of 850,000 cars.

But it is not just Audi vehicles that will take advantage of this update as Porsche and Volkswagen vehicles that carry the same engine now will get a recall too. As such, a wide number of vehicles across the VW group is affected. This was made possible by Germany’s Federal Motor Transportation Authority (KBA) and Audi.

Audi is doing this to counteract the idea of banning diesel-fueled vehicles in the near future, and to contribute towards the improvement of air quality. The company is taking this action, among others, in order to avoid emission scandals like what Volkswagen faced back in 2015. Mercedes-Benz also faced the same issue in Europe, which made them recall more than 3 million cars to lower the amount of nitrogen oxide emission for the vehicles.

As of today, Volkswagen customers in the UK that were affected by the emissions scandal had been limited to owners of EA 189 cars with 1.2 liter, 1.6 liter, and 2.0 liter pre-Euro 6 diesel engines. In the United States, the 3.0 liter six-cylinder TDI has been at the center of this issue, but not in Europe as the emissions software installed on the unit is legal.

If Audi does get in trouble with the ongoing investigations by KBA, they are confident that they can quickly resolve any issues that they face. As of now, we are still waiting for the complete list of cars that are affected. But we are sure that certain variants of the A4, A6, A7, A8, Q5 and Q7 with the 3.0 liter diesel are qualified.

Furthermore, Audi has been suspected to have cheated on emissions test for 24,000 A7 and A8 models. It was said that these particular models had excessive levels of emissions. The company denied this allegation and instead put the blame on an issue with the transmission software.

As mentioned earlier, this only applies to vehicles outside the United States and Canadian market. We also know that the company is investing around $255 million in order to fix this issue. In other news, Daimler used the defeat device on its vehicles, making them emit less gases, while Mercedes-Benz will introduce new diesel engine that will meet the EU emission norms.

Press Release

For the future of the diesel engine: Audi starts free retrofit program for up to 850,000 cars

Audi is offering its customers in Europe and other markets* a retrofit program for cars with EU5 and EU6 diesel engines. A total of up to 850,000 cars worldwide with six-cylinder and eight-cylinder diesel engines (V6/V8 TDI, EU5/EU6) will get new software. This will further improve their emissions in real driving conditions beyond the current legal requirements. The action will take place in close consultation with Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA). In this way, Audi intends to reduce overall emissions, especially in urban areas. The service also applies to the Porsche and Volkswagen models that are fitted with the same types of engines and will be carried out free of charge for all customers.
Audi aims to maintain the future viability of diesel engines for its customers and to make a contribution towards improving air quality. At the same time, Audi is convinced that this program will counteract possible bans on vehicles with diesel engines. With their low fuel consumption, diesel engines help to achieve the ambitious CO2 targets in Europe, which is another reason why Audi has decided to offer this retrofit program.

For several months, Audi has been intensively examining all diesel concepts for any irregularities. All indications have been investigated and since 2016, all engine and transmission combinations have been systematically reviewed. In doing so, Audi has cooperated closely with the authorities and reported to them, in particular the Federal Ministry of Transport and the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA). The overall package consists of voluntary measures, including some that have already been communicated to the authorities and which were considered in their decisions. Audi is aware that the investigations by the KBA have not yet been concluded. If those investigations result in further consequences, Audi will of course quickly implement the required technical solutions in the interest of its customers as part of this EU5/EU6 retrofit program.

*) outside the United States and Canada

Source: Audi

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