Audi: More Than 2 Million Cars Worldwide Have Illegal Software

Aaron Cole
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audi more than 2 million cars worldwide have illegal software

Audi said that 2.1 million of its cars worldwide have been fitted with illegal software to help it cheat emissions tests, Reuters reported.

The automaker announced that multiple models including the A1, A3, A4, A5, A6, TT, Q3 and Q5 were affected by the “defeat device” uncovered by researchers, which is grinding Volkswagen to an unimaginable halt.

Roughly three-quarters of the affected Audis were sold in Western Europe, including 577,000 in Germany alone, according to the report.

Only a small proportion of the illegal Audis were sold in the U.S. Only about 13,000 cars were sold in the States.

Last week, Volkswagen announced that around 11 million cars were affected; 5 million of the cars were Volkswagen-branded, including its Golf, Passat and Tiguan.

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  • Heavy handle Heavy handle on Sep 28, 2015

    Is this news? I thought that Audi had been implicated since day 1. Also, do we know for sure that these cars will need to be upgraded in Europe? I don't recall seeing any official word on this. To be fair, non-news articles are coming-out every few hours, so I may have missed some real news if it was buried at the end of a piece.

  • Sckid213 Sckid213 on Sep 28, 2015

    Diesel Audi's are pretty uncommon from what I've seen. But the few I have seen have HUGE "TDI CleanDiesel" decals all over them. Audi should send affected owners a bottle of GooGone.

  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Sep 28, 2015

    We need a Skoda total, that will drag the number of "missing" ones down quite a bit, as I bet lots of Skodas are equipped with diesels.

  • FreedMike FreedMike on Sep 28, 2015