VOLKSWAGEN has conceded that its 3.0-litre diesel engines are implicated in the emissions scandal – with the latest revelation potentially affecting a further 85,000 vehicles globally.
According to Reuters, officials from VW and Audi revealed to the US Environmental Protection Agency last week that the 3.0-litre diesels in question possessed ‘auxiliary emissions control equipment’ that was not previously reported to the US authorities. This latest implication reportedly affects vehicles manufactured between 2009-2016.
This follows earlier accusations by the EPA and California Air Resources Board on November 2, in which VW was claimed to have fiddled emissions results in at least 10,000 Audi, Porsche and VW vehicles fitted with 3.0-litre V6 diesels. VW initially denied this.
Audi maintains that the auxiliary emissions control software is legal in Europe, but its spokesperson Brad Stertz admitted that the company failed to ‘properly notify regulators’ of its existence.
Stertz said: ‘We are willing to take another crack at reprogramming to a degree that the regulators deem acceptable.’ He went on to state that the cost of reprogramming would be in the ‘double digits millions of euros.’
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