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Things get worse for VW, Audi as 3.0 TDI engines also have cheat software

Last we heard about Volkswagen’s diesel scandal, Volkswagen and Audi execs were meeting with Germany’s KBA about how they were going to fix the affected diesel engines. When Volkswagen was recently asked about its 3.0 liter TDI V6 engines, the company was adamant that the engine was not installed with any cheating software or device and that everything was in compliance with government regulations. As it turns out, however, that Volkswagen lied. Again.

3.0 litre V6 TDI engine
3.0 litre V6 TDI engine

The EPA recently claimed that Volkswagen admitted to them that the 3.0 TDI engine had also been installed with cheating software to cheat on emissions. This comes immediately after Volkswagen’s refusal of such claims, so someone must have broken some pretty concrete evidence to VW. This is a shame, as it seemed as if we were finally seeing some light at the end of the tunnel on this whole dieselgate thing.

It’s also particularly troubling for Audi, now. Audi didn’t use many of the four-cylinder engines in its automobiles in the US. In fact, only the A3 TDI used a violating engine in the ‘States. However, Audi has been using the 3.0 TDI in numerous vehicles in the US. The Q7, A6, A7 and A8 all use the engine and it turns out that all of them have the cheating software installed on them. That is a lot more vehicles than VW originally anticipated having to fix. This spells bad news for Audi now as well.

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.