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.