Audi A3s roll off the production line in the company's Ingolstadt, Germany, plant.
Audi A3s roll off the production line in the company's Ingolstadt, Germany, plant. Audi will spend about 50 million euros to upgrade software that U.S. regulators believe cheats pollution limits in some diesel cars.

Is Audi Averting a Bigger Auto Scandal by Repairing Diesel Cars?

Nov. 24, 2015
Audi officials maintain the company installed the systems to redirect gases to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, not evade the American emissions limit, but will still spend tens of millions of euros to upgrade software.

Audi announced Monday that it will spend about 50 million euros upgrading software that regulators believe flouts pollution limits in larger diesel cars in the United States.

The upscale brand of embattled German auto giant Volkswagen said the repairs will cover auxiliary emission control devices (AECD) for V6 diesel 3.0 liter cars that the Environmental Protection Agency has alleged since early November violate U.S. emissions laws.

Audi “estimates that the related expense will be in the mid-double-digit millions of euros,” the company said in a news release.

The EPA said on Friday that Audi had told U.S. regulators that 3.0 liter diesel models have contained the AECD since 2009, and alleges that the AECD permitted Audi to evade U.S. emissions controls.

Audi maintains that the system was not devised to evade the emissions limits, but to redirect gases in order to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide. Audi has admitted, however, that it did not disclose the AECDs as required under U.S. law.

The models affected are the A6, A7, A8, Q5 and Q7. The problem affects about 85,000 Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen vehicles in the United States.

Allegations about the 3.0 liter cars are connected to a larger scandal that has engulfed Volkswagen since September. Volkswagen is struggling to cope with the biggest crisis in its history over its admission in September that it had fitted more than 11 million vehicles worldwide with devices designed to cheat pollution tests.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2015

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