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.

  • Tassos What was the last time we had any good news from Ford? (or GM for that matter?)The last one was probably when Alan Mulally was CEO. Were you even born back then?Fields was a total disaster, then they go hire this clown from Toyota's PR department, the current Ford CEO, Fart-ley or something.He claims to be an auto enthusiast too (unlike Mary Barra who is even worse, but of course always forgiven, as she is the proud owner of a set of female genitals.
  • Tassos I know some would want to own a collectible Mustang. (sure as hell not me. This crappy 'secretary's car' (that was exactly its intended buying demo) was as sophisticated (transl. : CRUDE) as the FLintstone's mobile. Solid Real Axle? Are you effing kidding me?There is a huge number of these around, so they are neither expensive nor valuable.WHen it came out, it was $2,000 or so new. A colleague bought a recent one with the stupid Ecoboost which also promised good fuel economy. He drives a hard bargain and spends time shopping and I remember he paid $37k ( the fool only bought domestic crap, but luckily he is good with his hands and can fix lots of stuff on them).He told me that the alleged fuel economy is obtained only if you drive it like a VERY old lady. WHich defeats the purpose, of course, you might as well buy a used Toyota Yaris (not even a Corolla).
  • MRF 95 T-Bird Back when the Corolla consisted of a wide range of body styles. This wagon, both four door and two door sedans, a shooting brake like three door hatch as well as a sports coupe hatchback. All of which were on the popular cars on the road where I resided.
  • Wjtinfwb Jeez... I've got 3 Ford's and have been a defender due to my overall good experiences but this is getting hard to defend. Thinking the product durability testing that used to take months to rack up 100k miles or more is being replaced with computer simulations that just aren't causing these real-world issues to pop up. More time at the proving ground please...
  • Wjtinfwb Looks like Mazda put more effort into sprucing up a moribund product than Chevy did with the soon to be euthanized '24 Camaro.