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Audi’s fix for 3.0-liter TDI V6 will be “straightforward”

Good news for owners of Audi models equipped with the problematic 3.0-liter TDI V6 engine featuring a software device.

Audi’s chairman Rupert Stadler has informed employees the company is working on “swift, straightforward and customer-friendly solutions” to deal with the messy issue concerning the six-cylinder turbodiesel. We remind you the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in United States discovered recently the 3.0-liter TDI V6 installed in the 2016MY A6, A7, A8 / A8 L and the Q5 had a defeat device as well. It’s the same story with Volkswagen’s 2014 Touareg and Porsche’s 2015 Cayenne.

There’s no word just yet about an exact date when the diesel fix will be available for this problematic engine, but Stadler said they are working on it each and every day. The problem with this engine has to do with a defeat device that can detect when the car is going through the federal emissions test procedure. When this happens, it automatically switches to a low NOx temperature conditioning mode to help the car pass the test. One second after the test is done, the engine switches back to its original configuration.

When running in normal mode, the emissions are up to 9x higher than the EPA standard, but the cheat mode enables the car to pass the test. It’s clever and devilish at the same time, right?

Adrian Padeanu

Long-time fan of the fabled Four Rings.