Since the seemingly never-ending diesel scandal first started, Audi has been working on a massive recall fix for all effected diesel-powered models. The recall would fix the emissions of the violating models but it needed to be approved by various governing bodies before it could be implemented. In Germany, the KBA (Germany’s Federal Office for Motor Traffic) has approved the recall and it’s now currently underway.
“Our commitment is and remains to deal with the diesel crisis consistently and fully,” says Bernd Martens, Audi Board Member for Procurement and IT as well as head of the internal task force for dealing with the diesel crisis: “After detailed technical analyses we can now offer specific solutions to fully meet the technical requirements of the Federal Office for Motor Traffic. That way we aim to strengthen our customers’ trust.”
The first models to be recalled are Audi A6 and A7 models with the 3.0 TDI engines. Those two models in Germany total 31,200 and will all receive a free-of-charge recall. The recall consists of a removal and replacement of an engine software module and, according to Audi, it will not adversely affect fuel consumption, power, performance or NVH (Noise Vibration Harshness). The recall is mandatory and Audi will be contacting all owners to have their vehicles scheduled.
Future vehicles will be recalled soon but the software fix has been approved, at least for the 3.0 TDI engine. There will be eight recalls issued and this is just the first.
Hopefully, Audi can continue to roll out these recalls and get these cars fixed and back on the road with the proper emissions, so the brand can get this entire scandal behind it. It doesn’t hurt that cars like the Audi e-tron and e-tron GT are coming out, as it increases the green image Audi is trying to create.