Latest on the VW diesel emissions scandal: 3.0-litre diesels involved, UK bosses could face 10-year imprisonment, petrol cars now involved
A further 85,000 Volkswagen Group vehicles could to be drawn into the ever-escalating emissions scandal, as Audi’s US arm has admitted that the VW Group’s 3.0-litre TDI V6 engines found in cars from the 2009 to 2016 model years contain software that was previously undisclosed to emissions authorities.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) previously said 3.0-litre TDI V6 units also contain software devices to lower emissions while testing, but VW was quick to deny these claims.
Now, VW has admitted its 3.0-litre diesel engines do come with an ‘auxiliary emissions control device’ that helps to boost emissions figures. An Audi spokesman has since confirmed the auxiliary device does not break European law, but should have been disclosed to the US Government.
The device is said to be found in cars like the Audi A6, A7, A8 and SUVs like the Q5, Porsche Cayenne and VW’s Touareg. Audi spokesman Brad Stertz said: “We are willing to take another crack at reprogramming to a degree that the regulators deem acceptable. Stertz also said the cost of tweaking the software is in the “double digits millions of Euros.”