In the course of addressing the diesel crisis, Audi AG has reached an important milepost, as announced in advance, following the conclusion of internal technical analyses of all its V TDI engines the Company passed on its essential findings to the German Federal Motor Vehicle Transport Authority (Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt, KBA) as the responsible authority.
The focus was on current models with third-generation V6 TDI engines. There were no findings at all after the latest technical analysis, which included the new full-size category comprising the Audi A8, Audi A7 Sportback, Audi A6 and A6 Avant as well as the new Audi Q8. The Company has examined around 700 variants since 2016.
“For me, our focus is unquestionably on our customers,” stressed Abraham Schot, interim CEO and Audi AG Board of Management Member for Sales and Marketing. “We have made substantial progress in the technical investigation. Now that the extensive detailed work has been done, the facts are on the table. That was our ambition, because we have ultimately unsettled and disappointed many of our customers through the diesel crisis.”
The extensive investigations looked at all V6 and V8 TDI engines, which Audi uses in mid-range and full-size models. This equates to around six million cars to Euro 5 and Euro 6 standard built since 2008 and delivered to customers in Europe and other markets (except the United States and Canada).
The experts have therefore also already examined the status of all those second-generation evo and third-generation power units that have been brought out since mid-2014 or in fact will only be appearing from the introduction of the new WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure) emission standard from September 1, 2018.