Audi has admitted that some 2.1 million of its diesel cars contained the same software that is part of the Volkswagen Group’s ‘Dieselgate’ scandal, where it was revealed that 11 million cars worldwide were fitted with a software that is able to detect when the car is undergoing official emissions testing, and turns full emissions controls on only during the test.
The premium brand revealed that from the figure (not finalised), 1.42 million were cars in Western Europe, 577,000 in Germany, and almost 13,000 in the United States. The engine in question is the Volkswagen Group’s EA189 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel units that contained software engineered to rig NOx emissions.
Diesel versions of Audi vehicles which are installed with said engine include the A1, A3, A4, A5, A6, and TT. The Q3 and Q5 crossover SUVs are also recipients of the diesel powerplant. As of current, Audi are unable to provide a detailed breakdown for affected countries nor can it do so for each specific model.
The ‘Dieselgate’ scandal has already seen the departure of Volkswagen AG Chairman and CEO Professor Dr. Martin Winterkorn, replaced by Matthias Müller, previously head of Porsche AG. The Volkswagen Group is actively seeking to rectify the situation and re-establish the trust with its customers.