It seems that no matter how hard Audi tries, it can’t escape the diesel scandal that’s plagued the brand over the past few of years. If you haven’t been paying much attention to the auto industry these past few years, the entire Volkswagen Group got caught cheating on diesel emissions in certain vehicles. After years, Audi still hasn’t fixed all of the engines containing illegal software but it’s just been given an ultimatum to finish fixing them.
According to the KBA, Germany’s motor vehicle authority, Audi has to fix the last of the illegal diesel engines by September 26, or face fines of $25,000 per violating car. Last year, the KBA said there were 127,000 vehicles worldwide that still violated diesel emissions regulations, with 77,600 of those vehicles in Germany.
An Audi spokesperson recently claimed that it was almost finished with upgrading and fixing the final eight percent of violating cars. According to the folks in Ingolstadt, they will fix all of the cars by the KBA’s deadline. That seems tough, given that the deadline is next week. Though, we’re hoping Audi can get it done and finally put all of this behind it. Plus, even eight percent of that multiplied by $25,000 isn’t exactly a slap on the wrist.
It’s crazy that this is still going on and that the entire might of the VW Group hasn’t been able to fix all of these cars by now. It’s also shocking that the brands haven’t been too affected by this scandal, sales-wise. Though, the timely release of the e-tron and all of the upcoming e-tron concepts have certainly helped the brand’s image significantly. Soon, customers will forget all about the diesel emissions scandal and know Audi to be the brand that creates some of the most exciting electric vehicles on the market.Automotive News Europe]