A new page seems to be added to Volkswagen’s “crime” files. This time, Porsche and Audi are the villains.
This new chapter is opened by US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which has widened the inquiry of the emissions trickery to include diesel engines from the VW’s luxury division Porsche, as well as some models from Audi. EPA has issued a second notice of violation of the Clean Air Act. “VW has once again failed in its obligation to comply with the law that protects clean air for all Americans”, said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator of EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. The Agency revealed that some VW, Audi and Porsche 2014-2016 models equipped with 3,0 litre engines also cheated the emissions controls by a defeat device that increases emissions of nitrogen oxide up to nine times EPA’s standard.
The affected models are the diesel versions of the 2014 VW Touareg, the 2015 Porsche Cayenne and the 2016 Audi A6 Quattro, A7 Quattro, A8, A8L, and Q5. This new exposure means another 10,000 cars already polluting and an unknown number of 2016 models. Under the Clean Air Act, Volkswagen may be liable for fines as high as 18 billion dollars, besides the 7,3 billion dollars invoice for recall costs. In a response, Volkswagen said that it had not installed any software on its 3,0 litre V6 diesel cars and that it was cooperating with the agency to fully investigate the matter.
Following the September 18th notice of violation issued for 2,0 litre engines, on September 25th EPA initiated testing of all 2015 and 2016 light duty diesel models available in the US using updated testing procedures specifically designed to detect potential defeat devices.
By Sorin Petcu