GERMAN car giant Volkswagen is facing fresh accusations of cheating from the American government.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has alleged that the firm installed software designed to defeat emissions tests on 2014 to 2016 model-year vehicles with three-litre, six-cylinder diesel engines.
The car maker has already admitted rigging emissions tests for certain cars with four-cylinder diesel engines.
About 10,000 vehicles are believed to be involved in this latest episode of the saga, including the 2014 Touareg, 2015 Porsche Cayenne and the 2016 Audi A6 Quattro, A7 Quattro, A8 and Q5.
The EPA said the software on the six-cylinder diesels includes a timer that turns on pollution controls when testing begins, affecting fuel injection timing and pressure and the exhaust gas recirculation rate.
The EPA claimed the cars give off up to far more nitrogen oxide pollution while being driven than they do when tested.
Volkswagen faces fines of up to £24,000 per vehicle, which means up to £240 million could be added to penalties already levied.
‘WV has once again failed in its obligations to comply with the law that protects clean air for all Americans,’ EPA spokesman Cynthia Giles told the BBC.
Volkswagen has denied the latest accusations and said it was co-operating with the EPA to clarify the matter.
Porsche said it was ‘surprised’ by the new claims.
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