Audi calls diesel vehicles back
Author: Duran Sarikaya
151,000 vehicles affected nationwide
As part of the diesel affair, Audi calls eight models back to the workshops. A total of 31,200 diesel vehicles are affected. According to the VW subsidiary, the Federal Motor Transport Authority (German KBA) has given the necessary approval. There will be an update of the affected models, which will “remove a software component from the engine control system” Audi said.
The A6 and A7 Sportback models from 2015 to 2018, which have a 3.0 TDI engine with an output of 200 kW, will be recalled starting Wednesday. The other seven models must be returned to the workshops once KBA has granted approval. This will affect around 151,000 mid-range and luxury vehicles throughout Germany.
According to Audi, the software update has no influence on fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, engine performance, noise emissions or engine durability. Since the software update is mandatory, all affected owners are informed by Audi to contact their workshop or dealer. The measure is free of charge for Audi customers.
“After the detailed technical analyses, we can now offer concrete solutions to fully meet the KBA’s technical specifications” explains Bernd Martens. He is a member of the Board of Management responsible for Procurement and IT and head of the internal task force to deal with the diesel affair at Audi. “In this way we will strengthen the confidence of our customers” Martens continued. We want to work through the crisis “consistently and completely”.
KBA announced in June that it had found “impermissible shutdown systems” in Audi diesel models. The authorities introduced a mandatory recall and called on Audi to remove the shutdown devices. In October, Audi was sentenced by the public prosecutor’s office in Munich to a fine of 800 million euros for manipulating diesel engines.