Audi Tattles On Itself Over Possible Dieselgate Leftovers

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
audi tattles on itself over possible dieselgate leftovers

Audi is recalling around 5,000 European A8s after discovering they were releasing excessive nitrogen oxide emissions. The vehicles in question appear to be holdovers from Volkswagen Group’s dieselgate, even though no one has said so officially. But the modus operandi seems to fit here.

It’s the same NOx gas that got VW into trouble back in 2015, it involves the vehicle’s software, and Audi went out of its way to report the cars to Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority before saying it was concerned about the “possible illegal manipulation of emission levels.”

The recall also pertains to 4,997 A8s equipped with V8 diesels built between 2013 and 2017, which places them in the correct timeframe — just with the wrong engine. Our guess is that these were simply overlooked during the initial crisis or the manufacturer noticed they were producing too much pollution and doesn’t want to get caught with its pants down a second time. Either way, Audi played it smart and safe on this one.

Recalls likely won’t officially begin until the first-quarter of 2018, after the company has tested the prospective solution. If so, the manufacturer will then issue a software update on affected models.

“Among other things, the update should ensure that after cold starts the engine more quickly reaches optimal operating conditions for the exhaust-gas treatment system so that its emissions are improved in real driving conditions,” an Audi spokesperson told Reuters. “During the testing, it will be ensured that the new software has no disadvantages for customers in terms of fuel consumption or performance.”

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