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State Regulators Find New Audi Emissions Cheating Device

State Regulators Find New Audi Emissions Cheating Device

By Philly Murtha, November 08, 2016
Although Volkswagen Group reached a $14.7 billion settlement on Oct. 25 with U.S. federal and state regulators and owners of 475,000 recalled VW and Audi 2.0-liter diesel-powered vehicles, a recent news report reveals that more Audi vehicles with specific automatic transmissions are allegedly equipped with cheating software to conceal real emissions levels.

This past weekend, German newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) a few months ago discovered that some Audi cars with both gasoline and diesel engines contained software that could detect when cars were being tested so it could conceal the true level of engine emissions.

News reports say that hundreds of thousands of Audi A6 and A8 midsize and large premium cars and Q5 compact premium SUVs and possibly Q7 midsize premium SUVs equipped with the AL 551 variation of Audi’s 8-speed automatic transmission may contain a different emissions cheating device. This software detects when a car’s steering wheel is stationary during tests and shuts off when the steering wheel turns more than 15 degrees during regular driving. It should be noted that new Audis are not impacted since the automaker stopped using the software a few months before CARB’s discovery, according to news reports.

VW Group still is dealing with coming up with a fix for 85,000 Audi and Porsche models with 3.0-liter diesel engines equipped with the first diesel emissions defeat software in the U.S. market. Meanwhile, prosecutors in Germany are continuing with their investigation of Volkswagen Group and three former and current top executives.
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