The dieselgate saga continues as now it has been confirmed the larger 3.0-liter V6 TDI engine also has a defeat device. The news comes from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in United States as they have been informed by the Volkswagen Group there are more than 85,000 units from Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen that have a special software implemented in the larger turbodiesel engine. The so-called defeat device allows these models to pass the emissions tests with flying colors even though in reality the vehicles are damaging the environment.
The deceit apparently started way back with the 2009 model year and kept on going until the current 2016 model year for large models part of the Volkswagen Group. We include here the Volkswagen Touareg, Porsche Cayenne and a bunch of Audis like the A6, A7, A8 & A8L, Q5 and the Q7.
This latest scandal comes only a couple of months after Volkswagen admitted they installed a defeat device on a whopping 11 million cars sold globally with the EA189 1.2 TDI, 1.6 TDI and 2.0 TDI engines. It should be mentioned that Audi of America’s communications chief Jeri Ward said the software in the V6 3.0 TDI is different than the one installed on the US-spec 2.0 TDI cars.