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Official: 2.1 million diesel Audis are equipped with defeat device

A spokesman for the company has admitted the “defeat device” has been installed on a whopping 2.1 million diesel Audis.

It was last week when the Volkswagen Group announced there are around 11 million vehicles out there with a special software developed to cheat during emissions tests and 5 million of them have the VW badge. Now, Audi is making a similar reveal by saying that 2.1 million cars equipped with turbodiesel engines have the same illegal “defeat device.”

This announcement really doesn’t come as a surprise since we all know that all the brands from VAG have been using this, including SEAT, Skoda and Porsche, so expect these three car manufacturers to reveal similar information in the coming days.

Getting back to Audi, the models affected are the A1, A3, A4, A5, A6, TT, Q3 and Q5 – all of which have Euro 5-compliant turbodiesel engines. Around 1.42 million of them are from Western Europe, 577,000 were sold in Germany while almost 13,000 units are US-spec models.

VAG has already set aside €6.5 billion to pay the upcoming fines and also to solve the issue on those 11 million units that have the special software. Chances are sales of models from the Volkswagen Group will take a big hit after this so-called dieselgate, and not just for the TDI-powered models.

Adrian Padeanu

Long-time fan of the fabled Four Rings.