The news that all Audi owners and fans feared has been confirmed today, the fallout from Volkswagen’s use of software to cheat on emissions tests is spreading: Audi and Skoda (both of which are owned by VW) admit that some of their cars carry the dodgy code, Audi model lines affected include the A1, A3, A4, A5, A6, TT, Q3 and Q5 ranges
In all, Audi says 2.1 million of its vehicles are using the dodgy system – the vast majority of those are in Europe. The car maker told El Reg that 11,670 A3 TDI Sportback models sold in the US between 2010 and 2013 have the pollution cheatware installed, along with 2,552 of this year’s model.
Skoda, the low-end Czech car manufacturer, has also confirmed that 1.2 million of its cars use the emissions control, but hasn’t named the models as yet. Seat has also said some of its cars are affected. Audi, Skoda and Seat’s totals are included in the 11 million car figure Volkswagen admitted to last week.
In a statement, the firm says it will be contacting owners of the affected vehicles, with the technical measures needed to remedy the ‘cheat device’ installed on those cars due to be released in October.
The statement reads: “Under the action plan, Volkswagen and the other Group brands whose vehicles are affected will present the technical solutions and measures to the responsible authorities in October. Customers with these vehicles will be kept informed over the coming weeks and months. All of the Group brands affected will set up national websites to update customers on developments.
“An internal evaluation on Friday established that a service procedure is required for some five million vehicles from the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand out of a total eleven million Group vehicles worldwide. These vehicles from certain models and model years (such as the sixth generation Volkswagen Golf, the seventh generation Volkswagen Passat or the first generation Volkswagen Tiguan) are fitted with Type EA 189 diesel engines.”
Speaking at a meeting of top VW managers at the company’s Wolfsburg headquarters late yesterday evening, new VW boss Matthias Müller said that a “comprehensive” recall and refit plan had been drawn up, to make sure that the cars affected by the scandal comply to the latest emissions standards.
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