Audi Suspends Two Engineers Over 3-liter Diesel Scandal; Still Has No Idea How This Happened

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole
Audi has suspended two engineers for their involvement in helping Volkswagen’s larger 3-liter diesel engine pass emissions, according to Audi’s CEO. (Or you know, Volkswagen’s other, other emissions scandal.) The engine is used in the Porsche Cayenne and Audi’s range of sedans and crossovers.Audi CEO Rupert Stadler told German newspaper Donaukurier that two engineers were suspended Wednesday and that the company was learning about its engines along with the rest of us.“So I checked it several times: Is our six-cylinder clean? Do we have a (‘defeat device’)? And multiple statements in the board meeting were: no,” Stadler said about an October meeting with Audi’s top executives. In November, the California Air Resources Board and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency notified Volkswagen — and its luxury brands Porsche and Audi — that a “temperature conditioning” mode in its 3-liter diesel engines was helping cheat those cars through emissions testing. The agencies said the mode constituted an illegal “defeat device,” which the automakers initially denied.This week, Audi acknowledged the mode and two other modes designed to control emissions weren’t disclosed to regulators and that the temperature conditioning mode was a defeat device.In all, roughly 85,000 cars are affected. Volkswagen issued a larger stop-sale this month for cars with the illegal software, which include the Porsche Cayenne, Volkswagen Touareg, and Audis A6, A7, A8, Q5 and Q7 models.Stadler said he probably won’t listen to the guys who told him the engines were clean anymore, I guess.“This is the subject of current investigations. I want to know the truth,” he said. According to Reuters, the 3-liter diesel engine was built by Audi at its Neckarsulm facility.
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  • Xtoyota Xtoyota on Nov 27, 2015

    In the end the mailroom clerk will be blamed for all the problems...CASE CLOSED

  • DrGastro997 DrGastro997 on Nov 29, 2015

    This is what happens when the higher office has close to zero involvement in both engineering and quality assurance/control. At least Akio Toyoda sits in many engineering meetings and involves himself in driving every single model Toyota makes, before it gets released into the mass market. It doesn't mean a 100% product but at least the emoloyees know who is actually the boss and to whom they will be reporting to.

  • 2manyvettes Tadge was at the Corvette Corral at the Rolex 24 hour sports car race at the end of January 2023. During the Q&A after his remarks someone stood up and told him "I will never buy an electric Corvette." His response? "I will never sell you an electric Corvette." Take that Fwiw.
  • Socrates77 They're pinching pennies for the investors like always, greed has turned GM into a joke of an old corporate American greed.
  • Analoggrotto looking at this takes me right back to the year when “CD-ROM” first entered public lexicon
  • Alan My comment just went into the cloud.I do believe its up to the workers and I also see some simplistic comments against unionisation. Most of these are driven by fear and insecurity, an atypical conservative trait.The US for a so called modern and wealthy country has poor industrial relation practices with little protection for the worker, so maybe unionisation will advance the US to a genuine modern nation that looks after its workers well being, standard of living, health and education.Determining pay is measured using skill level, training level and risk associated with the job. So, you can have a low skilled job with high risk and receive a good pay, or have a job with lots of training and the pay is so-so.Another issue is viability of a business. If you have a hot dog stall and want $5 a dog and people only want to pay $4 you will go broke. This is why imported vehicles are important so people can buy more affordable appliances to drive to and from work.Setting up a union is easier than setting up work conditions and pay.
  • El scotto I can get the speedometer from dad's 72 Ford truck back. I can't get dad back.