A new report states Audi has decided to suspend two of its engineers following the diesel trick in the U.S. The reveal was made by Audi CEO Rupert Stadler after the company’s 3.0-liter V6 TDI engine was discovered to have an illegal software to enable the cars evade the emissions limits in the United States. As a reminder, there are around 85,000 cars in United States from VAG with the 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine that has “special features” to effectively trick during emissions testing.
According to Stadler, the company is now investigating if the employees in technical development and other departments have deliberately fiddled with the devices for emission controls. It should be mentioned the V6 3.0-liter TDI was designed and assembled by Audi at the firm’s Neckarsulm factory in Germany and used on a variety of VW, Porsche and Audi models in the 2009MY through 2016MY.
At the moment, at least eight people (including six senior executives) have been suspended following an internal investigation to find out what really happened with the TDI engines and who is responsible for manipulating the emissions tests.
To recap, VAG has around 11 million cars worldwide with illegal 1.2 TDI, 1.6 TDI and 2.0 TDI engines, around 85,000 cars with the V6 3.0 TDI in United States and an additional 800,000 cars with irregular carbon-dioxide emissions.