By on October 21, 2016

2012 Audi Q7 white

A German newspaper claims that Audi will buy back 25,000 U.S. vehicles sold with a 3.0-liter diesel V6 engine.

According to a story published in Der Spiegel, the automaker has determined the vehicles cannot be fixed, Reuters reports. A total of 85,000 Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen vehicles contain the same emissions-cheating defeat device found in the automaker’s 2.0-liter TDI engines, which are already in the process of being bought back.

The brief report claims the affected vehicles are “older-generation cars” that won’t pass emissions tests, but doesn’t specify which models.

Audi USA claims the Environmental Protection Agency’s notice of violation extends to five models sold in the U.S.: the 2009-2016 Q7 and 2014-2016 model year Q5, A8L, A7 quattro and A6 quattro vehicles. Of these, the Q7 is the most plentiful.

In response to the report, the automaker released a statement from its American office:

“We are working hard with U.S. regulators to reach an agreement an approved resolution for affected 3.0-liter V-6 TDI vehicles and thank our customers for their continued patience. The Court has scheduled a status conference for November 3, 2016 to discuss the matter further.”

Until now, all of the 3.0-liter vehicles stayed were in limbo as parent company Volkswagen sought out a fix for the high-end models, hoping to avoid a costly buyback. The fines and buyout costs associated with the 2.0-liter buyback top $16.5 billion.

In August, the U.S. District Court judge overseeing Volkswagen’s American settlement issued an ultimatum demanding the automaker show regulators a fix for the 3.0-liter engine and forcing it into settlement talks. Regulators soundly rejected a previous fix proposal. Audi previously said any fix would contain software updates and modifications to the vehicles’ emissions equipment.

The question now is: how many non-Audi models will now become subject to a buyback?

[Image: Audi AG]

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20 Comments on “Audi to Buy Back 25,000 3.0-Liter Diesel Models in U.S.: Report...”


  • avatar
    brettc

    So assuming maybe an average of $25000 each for a buyback value, that’s another 625 million dollars. Good job, VW!

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    “…parent company Volkswagen sought out a fix”

    As I’ve been saying, they gave up on a fix long ago. Now, it’s just about the money. VAG doesn’t want these cars on the road, dogging them for years.

    All 85k will be crushed.

  • avatar
    Bowler300

    I’m sure Audi (or a third party) will try to sell the buy backs in a market with different regs.

    • 0 avatar
      Rocket

      Reselling here or in any market is not permitted under the conditions of the buyback. They will be disabled and scrapped.

      “All Eligible Vehicles returned to Settling Defendants through the Recall Program shall be rendered inoperable by removing the vehicle’s Engine Control Unit (“ECU”) and may be, to the extent possible, recycled to the extent permitted by law. No Eligible Vehicle that is rendered inoperable may subsequently be rendered operable except as allowed by and in compliance with subparagraph 7.2.3 below and Appendix B of this Consent Decree.”

  • avatar
    Chocolatedeath

    Am I wrong for still wanting a A8 diesel? I love the way they drive.

  • avatar
    whitworth

    To me it looks like a far better solution could have been figured out to satisfy the government, I’d rather have just seen a massive fine. Audi/VW coughs up a few hundred million to go into the transportation fund for mass transit to offset the environmental damage of these diesels that make up less than 1% of the fleet.

    These cars aren’t endangering anyone’s life. To make the car company gather them up and destroy them seems to be compounding the waste instead of using it for something constructive.

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      “These cars aren’t endangering anyone’s life.”

      Statistically speaking, you are incorrect. The effects of NOx and particulates on the respiratory system range from unpleasant to deadly.

      The fact that these vehicles make up a small portion of the US fleet is irrelevant to those who are most susceptible the the problems that uncompliant vehicles present.

      • 0 avatar
        jacob_coulter

        Any car on the road can “statistically” endanger someone’s life, so the hysteria for this problem is over the top.

        Let me know when the first NoX death from the Audi diesel scandal comes about.

        • 0 avatar
          heavy handle

          Jacob, you’ve never heard of smog?

          NOx is a key contributor to urban smog, which is linked with higher rates of heart and lung disease.

          While you may feel that childhood asthma is A-OK, and that loved ones having heart attacks are a small price to pay for slightly cheaper diesel SUVs, that’s not the law of the land.

  • avatar
    dr_outback

    This whole TDI scandal will be recorded as the EPA’s most misguided and hypocritical use of Govermental authority and the most misguided, spreadsheet oriented lack of engineering sympathy by a Corporate entity.

  • avatar
    jpolicke

    It’s odd that this is just about Audi vehicles given that the technology is probably identical in Cayennes and Touaregs. I can’t see how the resolution for them could possibly be any different.

  • avatar
    burnbomber

    My neighbor has a 3.0 diesel A6 and just loves it. He brags it’s got power to spare and gets almost 40 mpg on the road. I doubt they’ll be able to pry his hands off it.

  • avatar
    Tstag

    Given that most environmental pollution happens in the manufacture of a car not in its use the American Environment agency should actually penalise VW for poltuting the environment even more when the crush the cars early.

    • 0 avatar
      HotPotato

      I wonder if they’ve done the analysis on that.

      Why not leave them on the road and fine VW an amount sufficient to pay for offsets for the expected future pollution? If a bunch of EV quick chargers make up for past pollution, wouldn’t a bunch more EV quick chargers make up for future pollution? My question has nothing to do with the fact I just ordered a Chevy Bolt. No siree Bob.

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