We recently found out that Volkswagen Group’s Diesel-Ghazi scandal has also come to include the 3.0 liter V6 TDI engine, found in several Volkswagen, Audi and even Porsche vehicles. Volkswagen has vehemently denied the possibility of the 3.0 TDI engine being included in the scandal and that no defeat-device was used on any of them. However, Audi and Porsche are issuing a stop-sale on these models, which kind of goes against what Volkswagen has said.
The models that could be effected are the Audi A6, A7, A8 and Q7 TDI and the Porsche Cayenne and Panamera diesel. As is stands now, both companies are issuing stop-sales on all of those models in the US and are urging dealers to cancel orders. It’s curious that Audi and Porsche are taking this precaution when Volkswagen said that there’s no way that any 3.0 TDI engines were effected. Maybe Audi and Porsche are just playing it safe and trying to appear compliant with the EPA.
Audi has issued a statement on the stop-sale, though. “Volkswagen Group of America is working with regulators and will take all steps necessary to remedy any issues, including a potential emissions recall,” according to Automotive News. “This is an emissions matter and not a safety issue. Owners of these vehicles do not need to take any action at this time.” So for any current owners of Audi models with the 3.0 TDI engine, fear not, as your car is perfectly safe. If it turns out that there is an emissions issue with your vehicle, you will receive a recall notice and have your vehicle remedied at the dealer free of charge. Porsche also released a statement “We are working intensively to resolve this matter as soon as possible. Customers may continue to operate their vehicles normally,”. So the same thing goes for all diesel Porsche owners, as well.