Audi to blame for the cheating emissions device, report says image

The four rings premium brand is apparently the one who created the cheating device to lower emissions way before parent company Volkswagen used them, according to a German newspaper.

All the guns have been pointed towards Volkswagen since it admitted in September last year that it cheated on emissions tests and around 11 million diesels, including Audi, Porsche, Skoda and Seat cars, were over-polluting. But now we know where to send an extra bullet. According to the German newspaper Handelsblatt, the mastermind behind the bypassing software is to be found in Audi’s backyard, as its engineers supposedly developed the trick of turning off certain engine functions in 1999. However, the publication said it was never used on Audi’s premium models, citing industry and company sources. In the face of its inability to bring the emissions down to meet the regulatory laws, Volkswagen dug up this little dirty secret and used it six years later, Handelsblatt said.

It will be interesting to see what Europe’s biggest automaker will include in its report over the diesel scandal, which is due to be published by the end of April. Meanwhile, Volkswagen is facing an April 21 court deadline in the United States to make a deal with the US Justice Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board over a fix for the 580,000 affected diesels. Immediately afterwards, the company’s supervisory board is due to discuss the potential costs of the emissions scandal and approve 2015 earnings on April 22.