Audi Australia has announced sales of cars equipped with the 2.0 TDI EA189 engine have been blocked until further notice. In the Land Down Under, this ban affects models such as the A4, A5 and Q5 that have the problematic turbodiesel engine equipped with a software designed to enable the cars pass the emissions tests even though in real life driving the car is considerably more harmful to the environment. This is because the Bosch-developed software is only activated during the tests and then it automatically switches off.
Audi says this is a temporary suspension and a fix is already in the works to get the cars on the road, following what will likely be a recall for a software update. It should be mentioned that only Euro 5-compliant engines have this problem whereas the newer Euro 6 motors are not part of the ongoing dieselgate that has affected around 11 million cars from the Volkswagen Group.
Moreover, the gasoline engines and the larger V6 TDI and V8 TDI units don’t have the illegal software. To recap, the 1.2 TDI, 1.6 TDI and 2.0 TDI EA189 Euro5-compliant engines are equipped with the software and all of them will receive software and in some chases hardware changes in the near future. Audi says these cars “continue to be safe to drive”, so owners shouldn’t worry.