Audi’s chief executive said the technical solution to fix brand’s diesel models fitted with the cheating device is quite simple.
Last month, The US Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board announced that they will inspect every Volkswagen and Audi car powered by the 3.0-litre diesel engine, from years 2009 to 2016, which means another 85,000 cars were added to an already large investigation. Audi complied and announced it would submit new applications for US government emission certification for the revised software. But no news so far regarding a proper solution approved by the regulators.
This week, Rupert Stadler – Audi Board of Management Chairman, said that fixes for about 85,000 premium models fitted with Audi’s 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine may prove equally simple as the solution found for the 8.5 million smaller diesel-engined cars in Europe that will be technically and financially manageable. “Swift, straightforward and customer-friendly solutions are in discussion,” Stadler told a gathering of 7,000 workers at Audi’s Ingolstadt headquarters. “Every day we are taking another step toward the solution.”
The three brands Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen are affected, and Audi estimates that the related expense will be around 50 million dollars. The 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine in question is being developed by Audi and is used in the US models A6, A7, A8, Q5 and Q7 from model year 2009 onwards, while Volkswagen uses the engine in the Touareg and Porsche powers its Cayenne since model year 2013.