We all know of the massive diesel scandal involving Audi and parent company, Volkswagen, where thousands of diesel engines sold in both Europe and the US were fitted with software aimed at cheating emissions testing. This scandal has brought heavy penalties down on both Volkswagen and Audi, who now how to spends millions of dollars to rectify the situation. Original estimates for fixing the issue were so high that Volkswagen took out a $21 billion loan from the German banks to insure that it had the funds to cover the fix.
Well, Audi CEO, Rupert Stadler, and interim Volkswagen CEO, Matthias Mueller have just announced that Audi now has a simple and cost effective fix for its diesel engines. According to Mueller, refits of the smaller diesel engines will be “technically and financially manageable”. However, no actual cost was mentioned. These small diesel engines are the 2.0 liter TDI engines fitted to many Volkswagen and Audi products.
Stadler has claimed that fixes for Audi’s 3.0 liter TDI V6 engine will be equally as simple, though we’ve known that the fix for the 3.0 TDI was going to be easier that the 2.0 TDI. The 3.0 TDI engine is supposedly only in need of some software changes and that no hardware change will be necessary. So customers of said engine should be able to take their car to the dealer for a software refresh and then be on their way. According to Stadler, 85,000 vehicles have the violating 3.0 TDI engine and all should be relatively easy to fix, this includes many Volkswagens and Porsches.
This is good news for any Audi owners who have those engines and especially so for owners of the 3.0 TDI engine.