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New emissions-defeating software found on Audis

Shucks. Audi must have thought it was out of the woods on the whole emissions-defeating scandal. With the Volkswagen Group paying billions in fines and Audi planning on rolling out a series of new EVs, it seemed as if the whole diesel scandal was behind the German giant. However, yet another emissions-defeating device was found on Audis, once again putting the four-ringed brand under scrutiny.

According to German newspaper Bild am Sonntag and the Wall Street Journal, CARB (California Air Resources Board) found a new emissions-defeating device that worked on both gasoline and diesel-powered Audis. In fact, it worked on all automatic transmission-equipeed Audis, as the transmission is vital in cheating emissions, according to this software cheat.

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Apparently, the cars equipped with this software can detect when the car is driving with less than 15 degrees of steering angle for a long period of time. If that’s the case, it’s likely that the car is being tested for emissions and the car changes transmission logic, shift algorithms and ultimately drive in a more efficient manner. Once the steering angle moves past 15 degrees, the software resets to normal driving. And, according to CARB, there’s a significant emissions difference between both software modes.

Although Audi supposedly stopped using this software this past May, likely in hopes that it wouldn’t be found during increased scrutiny and testing from the diesel scandal, that doesn’t really make it any better. Just as Audi thought it was out of the woods, another scandal hits.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.