Audi has been arranged to recall around 1,27,000 vehicles due to an illicit emission-control software in the new Euro 6 diesel engine by Germany’s KBA motor transport authority. Granting to the Four Rings, the models had been admitted in a voluntary recall of 850,000 diesel vehicles with V6 and V8 TDI engines announced in July.
The recall affects various models including the A4, A5, A6, A7 and A8 sedans and Q5 and Q7 SUVs. The KBA has found that the affected car engine management systems turn off emissions-cutting measures in real-world traffic but work as usual while testing. Audi said it has been examining its diesel cars for potential irregularities for months in tight cooperation with the KBA.
The reminiscence is a constituent of the systematic and detailed assessment issued by KBA regarding the V6 TDI engines, according to Audi. The Ingolstadt-based automaker said that the engine control software for the vehicles in question will be completely revised, tested and taken to the KBA for approval. If not done accordingly, KBA threatens to remove the approval for Audi’s flagship A8.
In November last year, Audi had announced a recall of 5,000 cars in Europe for a software fix after discovering they emitted too much nitrogen oxide. Audi’s parent company Volkswagen Group concealed the same high NOx emissions from U.S. regulators in its infamous 2015 dieselgate. The German giant was found to have illegally manipulated engine software so that vehicles would meet NOx emissions standards in laboratory testing, but not in real-world conditions, where they could give off up to 40 times the permitted levels.
Several Audi models were affected as well and the car maker was accused of applying the same cheating devices years ago, but broke loose at that time by claiming not to have established them in its vehicles at all. However, Audi and Volkswagen never commented on the issue. Last month, Audi also ended the task force it had set up to investigate the number of vehicles that had controlled the software.