Audi reportedly may have a simple fix for about 85,000 U.S. V6 TDI diesels equipped with software designed to cheat emissions tests. It’s likely to involve an easy software update. The news come from Automotive News Europe.
According to the news service, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler told employees this week that swift, straightforward and customer-friendly solutions are in discussion and that the automaker is taking steps every day to come up with the solution. They don’t have much time left to come up with one, at least in California. The California Air Resources Board gave the automaker 45 days to come up with a plan.
Audi’s 3.0-liter TDI diesel engines, also used in some Porsche models, came under fire in November. That’s shortly after Volkswagen admitted it had been using software designed to cheat tests in its smaller 2.0-liter TDI engines. The scandal involves millions of VW brand vehicles and threw the automaker into a tailspin. Volkswagen recently submitted details of proposed fixes for its 2.0-liter four-cylinder TDI models to the EPA.
Initially, Volkswagen denied that any of the larger 3.0-liter Audi TDI engines were involved in the cheating scandal, but the denial didn’t last long. Last month, the automaker said it had also failed to disclose three emissions control software functions on the larger engine, known as auxiliary emissions control devices, as required by U.S. law.
Audi has some other big concerns now as well. It’s seeing falling demand for its vehicles in China, which is troubling since that’s its biggest market by vehicle sales. Audi accounts for about 40 percent of parent Volkswagen Group’s group profit.