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Audi Adds Another Batch of Diesel Cars to Its Mandatory Recall

Back in November, German carmaker Audi began the mandatory recall of some 151,000 vehicles sold in Germany over the years complete with software meant to cheat emissions tests.
Audi readies next stage of Dieselgate recall in Germany 1 photo
The campaign has been ongoing for a while now and on Thursday Audi said an extra 64,000 vehicles will be recalled to have the problem fixed. This news comes as a result of the the Federal Office for Motor Traffic (KBA) approving the move. These cars are from the A6, A7 Sportback and A8 model ranges, as well as the Q5 and SQ5 TDI.

With this new batch of vehicles added to the recall, Audi claims about two-thirds of the affected cars have been fixed.

The models equipped with the defeat device that are to be recalled will be fixed by removing the said software. As per Audi, tampering with the car’s systems will have no effect on “fuel consumption, CO2emission figures, engine output, maximum torque, noise emissions or the durability of the engine.”

Audi is the latest victim of the Dieselgate scandal in which mother company Volkswagen is involved for several years now. Back in October, Audi was fined 800 million EUR for its proven involvement in cheating emissions tests.

The impermissible software function used by Audi to cheat emission tests was fitted on cars equipped with V6 and V8 diesel engines and sold all around the world between the years 2004 and 2018.

The carmaker decided to accept and pay the fine and announced it admits responsibility. It was the second largest fine imposed by German authorities in this case after the 1 billion EUR fine handed to Volkswagen earlier in the year.

For his involvement in the Dieselgate scandal, former Audi CEO Rupert Stadler was arrested in June for his alleged involvement in covering up what he knew about the practices uncovered in the Dieselgate scandal.

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