Audi of America has released additional details concerning the US-spec cars equipped with defeat devices.
They sold approximately 14,300 units of the A3 equipped with the four-cylinder, 2.0-liter TDI engine that had a software designed specifically to make the cars pass EPA’s emissions tests even though in reality these cars are polluting the environment a lot more. According to a spokesman from Audi of America, around 11,600 of these cars are 2010-2013MY A3 TDIs using the first generation of Volkswagen’s “Clean Diesel” engine codenamed EA189 that has a lean NOx trap to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide.
The rest of the cars are 2015 A3 TDI units powered by the EA288 which represents Audi’s latest-gen Clean Diesel engine that has a urea injection treatment system to cut emissions. It should be mentioned that Audi of America did not sell a 2014MY A3 in United States.
As a reminder, there are approximately 2.1 million vehicles sold by Audi all over the world with defeat devices, but in United States only the A3 is affected as the other diesel engine sold by Audi is the V6 3.0-liter TDI which so far seems to be ok.
Volkswagen has already announced that all of the cars of the group featuring the special software will be the subject of a massive recall.