Audi gets ultimatum to remove illegal diesel software
Germany’s KBA motor vehicle authority has told Audi that it faces penalties for its failure to remove illegal software from diesel cars that can manipulate emissions levels, the Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported.
The KBA has told Audi in three letters that it had until Sept. 26 to remove the software from thousands of diesel vehicles with V-6 and V-8 TDI engines or else face a fine of 25,000 euros for each car still carrying an illegal device, the paper said.
A KBA spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report.
Germany’s transport ministry said last year that the KBA had detected illicit emissions-control software in 127,000 Audi models with Euro 6 diesel engines, including 77,600 cars in Germany.
An Audi spokesman said the automaker was getting closer to upgrading the remaining 8 percent of the cars in question and that it would complete the mission by the KBA deadline.
The emissions-rigging scandal that engulfed Volkswagen Group originated in Audi’s engine development department.