German authorities to quiz firm on possible use of 'illegal defeat device' in seventh generation versions of the A6 and A7

Audi has halted deliveries of seventh-generation A6 and A7 models fitted with its V6 diesel engine after discovering 'irregularities' in the unit’s management software.

The issue relates to the 268bhp V6 variant of the Gen2 Evo engine that's used in the outgoing A6 and A7. The German transport ministry has now summoned Audi for a formal hearing about whether the units were fitted with a ‘defeat device’ to help the cars pass emissions tests.

In a statement, Audi said it discovered irregularities during “internal investigations of the diesel issue”, adding that it immediately reported the discovery to the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA), Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority, as well as the Luxembourg vehicle registration authority.

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler said: “We regularly inform the KBA about the results of our systematic engine test programme. We report any abnormalities to the licensing authority, since our highest interest is in full disclosure. We did that immediately in this case.”

The issue was first reported by German magazine Der Spiegel, which claims that around 30,000 vehicles in Germany are affected. A total of 60,000 vehicles around the world are understood to have the affected engines fitted.

According to a statement obtained by Reuters, the KBA has requested a hearing with Audi due to the suspicion that the cars “have been fitted with an illegal defeat device”. 

Amid the Volkswagen Group's Dieselgate scandal, Audi was previously quizzed over whether emissions-cheating software was fitted to diesel A6 and A7 models sold between 2009 and 2013.

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8 May 2018

  You can think what you like but yet just maybe that’s all, nothing to hide.....

Peter Cavellini.

8 May 2018

when will it ever end, but sheeple will keep buying VW group vehicles because magazines like this one praise them so much.. 

8 May 2018

They (Audi) are REALLY scared now. 

No manual - no fun

8 May 2018

Fire a couple of executives before anyone notices.....

Steam cars are due a revival.

8 May 2018

Very Wrong

Steam cars are due a revival.

8 May 2018

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I'm only responsible for what I say, not what you understand...

9 May 2018

I'm confused.If the A6 etc diesels met requirements in say 2016 what measures engineering wise are needed to have engines meet the new emission levels for 2018?Surely if management systems can be manipulated to give a false reading during bench testing,then the same could be said for the "real time" testing now being introduced.How can you guarantee for example, the fuel used for testing is "the same' as fuel from commercial outlets across the country?My limited knowledge of improved performance always relates to,the standard of fuel,burn systems in the engine,injector systems,oils etc etc. I said it before,the engine can meet standards in real time testing,however once sold if the vehicle is not maintained to makers specifications through it's life the the testing is irrelevant.It's the same as quoted fuel MPG figures,I haven't met one person who can achieve these in the real world.

garage man

9 May 2018
Gargae Man wrote:

It's the same as quoted fuel MPG figures,I haven't met one person who can achieve these in the real world.

Quoted mpg figures are meant as a guide.

XXXX just went POP.

9 May 2018
Ahem! What was that about Euro 6? Mr Statdler!

9 May 2018

This comes as a susprise...not! It's just yet another example of irregularities, cheating, questonable practices, poor engineering and design etc by the German car companies. And yet despite all of this the UK car buying public continues to but Audis, BMWs, Mercedes, Porsches and VWs in their droves. What will it take for us to stop, have a think about what these companies get up to and instead buy cars from other companies who produce much better cars through superior engineering, morals and ethics?

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