Will the Volkswagen brand emissions scandal ever end? The answer for now is apparently no.
There is a new report out that some Audi vehicles may be equipped with a different kind of “defeat device” to hide true emissions from automakers – and this time they include some gasoline models as well as TDI diesels.
Reuters, using information from Sunday’s Bild am Sonntag, reports the device was found by the California Air Resources Board. The device is said to be software installed in automatic transmissions used in some Audis. It can detect when a steering wheel is turned, so basically the car knows if it’s on the road or in the lab. It adjusts its emissions output numbers accordingly. Once again, the end result is vehicles that look like they have better emissions numbers than they actually do.
What’s more Audi apparently just stopped using it in May of 2016 just before CARB found it in an older model vehicle. Audi suspended several engineers in relation to the discovery according to the report. No comment from either Audi or California regulators.
Last month, a federal judge approved a $14.7-billion dollar settlement to end the automaer’s 2.0-liter TDI emissions cheating scandal. The automaker said it was immediately launching its buyback program for 475,000 VW and Audi TDI owners. Drivers can also decide whether to keep their diesel and have modifications made, if an EPA-approved repair becomes available. No deal yet though for vehicles with 3.0-liter diesel engines.