Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Scandal Expands to Audi and Porsche
By now, Volkswagen owners and news watchers around the world are well aware of the fraud perpetrated with regard to VW diesel vehicle emissions. The basics are that a six-cylinder Volkswagen diesel engine used in a number of vehicles contains an emissions cheating software.
A recently released Clean Air Act violation notice discussed that the VW scandal is far wider reaching than previously thought. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) now says that in addition to the models previously discovered to be at issue, over 10,000 additional diesel passenger cars sold in the U.S. since model year 2014, including Audi, Porsche, and VW models with 3.0-liter engines were rigged to pass pollution tests as well. The California Air Resources Board also served VW group with a violation notice for its 3.0-liter V6 TDI diesel engines. The engine is used in a number of VW, Porsche, and Audi vehicles for model years 2014-16.
The software on the 3.0 and 2.0 liter diesel Volkswagen engines has a timer that turns on pollution controls when testing begins, in direct violation of both state and federal laws designed to protect clean air for all Americans. However, Bloomberg News reports that unlike the original charges, Volkswagen has denied the new claim, saying that in fact no software has been installed in the 3-liter V6 diesel engines to change emission results in an inadmissible way.
In the wake of the ongoing VW emissions scandals, Audi, Porsche, and Volkswagen are halting sales of models equipped with the 3.0-liter diesel V6 engine that the EPA has found also equipped with “defeat device” software. Up to 11 million vehicles worldwide have the software.
So far, Volkswagen has placed a new CEO and an investigation into the “rogue coders” who supposedly fitted cheat software on up to 11m vehicles worldwide. Additionally, Volkswagen's chief designer Walter Maria de Silva is heading into retirement after a career in which he supervised the look of the company's best-known models.
The most recent list of the vehicles affected by the Volkswagen recall includes:
Models with affected 3.0-liter diesel:
• Volkswagen Touareg (MY 2014)
• Porsche Cayenne (MY 2015)
• Audi A6 Quattro (MY 2016)
• Audi A7 Quattro (MY 2016)
• Audi A8 (MY 2016)
• Audi Q5 (MY 2016)
Models with affected 2.0-liter diesel:
• Jetta (MY 2009 – 2015)
• Jetta Sportwagen (MY 2009-2014)
• Beetle (MY 2012–2015)
• Beetle Convertible (MY 2012-2015)
• Audi A3 (MY 2010–2015)
• Golf (MY 2010–2015)
• Golf Sportwagen (MY 2015)
• Passat (MY 2012-2015)