We all know of the diesel scandal that’s rocked the entire Volkswagen Group to its core. In a nutshell, all four-cylinder diesel engines from the VW Group, which includes some Audi models, sold in the US were violating the EPA’s diesel emissions requirements. However, the 3.0 liter TDI V6, sold in vehicles like the Audi Q7 and Volkswagen Touareg, was thought to have been perfectly within regulation. Unfortunately for Audi, and the rest of the VW Group, it seems as if new evidence has come out claiming that the 3.0 TDI engine does indeed violate US emissions.
According to a report from Germany magazine Bild am Sonntag, three unapproved software programs were found by the US EPA in the 3.0 liter TDI engines. Apparently, in US Volkswagen Touareg and Audi Q7 models, the emissions controlling systems shut off after 22 minutes. Typically, EPA emissions testing lasts around 20 minutes, so that’s the reason behind the 22 minutes.
As of right now, both Audi and the EPA have denied comments to Reuters. However, Audi managers are scheduled to appear in front of the EPA tomorrow, August 10. According to Bild am Sonntag, Audi is ready to pay a hefty penalty for any of the previous violations.
Now, Bild am Sonntag has no official information backing up these claims, so nothing is for certain yet. However, it wouldn’t be a stretch to imagine that the 3.0 TDI engines have similar software as the 2.0 TDI engines did. We’re hoping, for Audi’s sake, that these allegations are false, but we’ll find out soon enough. We will keep you updated as we get more information.