The US regulators have announced that their investigation over the emission scandal has been expanded to all Volkswagen and Audi cars fitted with the 3.0-litre diesel engine.
The scandal in which Volkswagen is involved has registered yet another twist, as the US Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board has announced that they will inspect every Volkswagen and Audi car powered by the 3.0-litre diesel engine, from years 2009 through to 2016. This new lead adds around 85, 000 vehicles to an already huge number of the Group’s cars involved in the cheating scheme. “The most unfortunate aspect of this news, in addition to the environmental harm, is that it slows VW’s ability to move beyond the negative headlines and start the rebuilding process,” said Karl Brauer, senior analyst at Kelley Blue Book, a car-buying website. “You can’t recover from a scandal while it’s still growing.”
At the beginning of November, the Environmental Protection Agency said that 10,000 VW cars in the US – including some Audi and Porsche models – are using auxiliary emission control devices that are able to hide the real amount of nitrogen oxide emitted and, as a consequence, could pollute up to nine times over the EPA’s standard. Audi of America has previously decided to stop the sales of A6 Quattro, A7 Quattro, A8, A8L and Q5 models from the 2013 to 2016 model years, company spokeswoman Jeri Ward said. Audi told regulators the Q7 from years 2009 to 2012 had the same technology. In a technical meeting between company officials, EPA and the California regulators the discussion revolved around three devices on the 3.0-liter engines that should have been reported as auxiliary emissions control devices, Ward said. According to the agencies, one of the three devices qualifies as a defeat device, she said.