Volkswagen set for new fines over Audi emissions

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Volkswagen’s €18 billion (£15.5 billion) bill for emission-rigging could rise as the German car giant admitted cars from its luxury brand, Audi, might be dragged into a separate scandal.

Audi vehicles with automatic transmission also contain technology that can distort emissions when tested, VW admitted.

It said both US and European regulators are investigating discrepancies between on-the-road and laboratory emissions in Audi petrol vehicles — a separate probe to VW’s diesel emissions scandal which involved 11 million cars worldwide.

VW has already agreed a $14.8 billion (£12 billion) settlement over the issue in the US. The firm’s diesel vehicle scandal saw cars fitted with software that masked the true emissions status when cars underwent checks. 

The Audi petrol engine issue instead involves the software used to select gears: regulators are investigating whether their use is permitted, or a way to get around tests. Details from a US lawsuit suggest models involved include the A6, A8, Q5 and Q7 with 3.0 litre engines and automatic transmission.


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November 15, 2016 |
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