Reports from a German newspaper suggest discrepancies in official emission tests of the facelifted A3 2.0 TDI
Jimi Beckwith
14 December 2016

The Audi A3 is alleged to be using emissions-cheating technology following discrepancies in emissions tests carried out by the German federal transport authority Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA), according to reports in the Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) newspaper.

It's reported that, following the findings of the KBA, subsequent tests on the A3 by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission suggested that "Audi has manipulated the diesel engine of its bestseller A3”.

The emissions are alleged to have been manipulated on the A3 fitted with the 2.0 TDI engine after it was revealed that exhaust gas measurements varied according to temperature, which, SZ reports, is evidence of the use of a so-called defeat device. The A3 in question was facelifted earlier this year, months after the Dieselgate scandal emerged.

These findings contradict the KBA’s declaration of the car's compliance with Euro 6 rules. It is also suggested that the KBA skipped pivotal tests in the process of approving the car, the first time that an official government body is alleged to have colluded with a car manufacturer in order to manipulate test results.

The allegations come more than a year after the Volkswagen emissions scandal initially broke and not long after Audi’s alleged test manipulation using steering and automatic gearbox-based software that detected when emissions were being evaluated. Porsche is also under current investigation for a similar issue.

According to the SZ, Audi has brushed off the allegations, insisting that the A3 does not use a so-called defeat device.

The A3 has been one of the ten best-selling cars in the UK in 2016.

Audi AG issued the following statement: "We do not have any information on the tests - neither on the mentioned measurements nor on what engine was installed in the A3 TDI mentioned. Therefore, please respect that we cannot comment on the report.

"However, it should be noted that different measurements from other testing institutes prove that the A3 2.0 TDI is within the legal limits of EU6.”

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14 December 2016
It is frightening to think that AUDI ?VW Porche can still be cheating after last years scandal, with cars still not modified.What with the Porche scandal earlier on in the week and the automatic gearboxes on a cheat device anyone buying one of their products is a -ucking idiot,like buying stolen goods from a well known thief ,asking for trouble,unless you get one at a cheap rate on pcp deal on the basis it is subsidised by the manufacturer ,probably the only way they can sell now.A great pity to be honest but i.m.h.o just buy JLR,Mercedes and BMW in those market areas for premium cars.

14 December 2016
Before you start getting "frightened" about VW etc maybe you should read this and get really frightened!

www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/volkswagen-tops-real-world-nox-emissions-tests

15 December 2016
The idiots commenting on this site will only read what they want to see. All manufacturers have some kind of system installed.

14 December 2016
Mercedes diesel emissions also vary according to test temperature and they have been the subject of an investigation as a result. Perhaps someone can tell me how this makes the Audi, if this is true, any different? If Audi have done something wrong and they can't be trusted then ban VW group from selling diesels and force them to lead lead the way on hybrids and EVs with a useful knock on effect for the rest of the industry. No more stupid job destroying fines.

14 December 2016
The noise my exhaust makes after a short journey gives me the impression its heated..it makes some very odd heat related noises when i arrive back on the drive and can last longer than i care to wait, i have started to wait a while to allow it to cool down before putting it in the garage....it does make you think what they are doing to reach Euro 6.

14 December 2016
Ze Germanz are suicidal in so many ways, disgusting open border immigration policy, failed energy policy, failed international relations policy, cheating by banks and car manufacturers, underfunded pensions, delapidating infrastructure, 1euro "job" proliferation, starving old people, huge amounts of children living in poverty, German tanks on Russian borders... etc etc and all ze germanz do is whine and wait for the next elections...cattle
But the "managers" and politicians' salaries and bonuses are safe and secure

No manual - no fun

15 December 2016
Your middle name is not Fritz by any chance is it?
poon

14 December 2016
I have criticised KBA's connivance in the VW Group wide emissions cheating practices that are on going. Even the fixes KBA approved in such a shameless hurry are questionable. Volkswagen has built the world's largest group of car makers on cheating. All the diesel engines they make for ships, trucks and cars use cheat devices to beat tests.

15 December 2016
Boo hoo VWG trollmaster.

18 January 2017
fadyady wrote:

I have criticised KBA's connivance in the VW Group wide emissions cheating practices that are on going. Even the fixes KBA approved in such a shameless hurry are questionable. Volkswagen has built the world's largest group of car makers on cheating. All the diesel engines they make for ships, trucks and cars use cheat devices to beat tests.

Any proof that ALL of the diesel engines VAG makes use cheat devices. Of course not, just another case of verbal diarrhoea.

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