A report in Bild am Sonntag says that Germany’s KBA motor transport authority has ordered Audi to recall 127,000 vehicles (77,600 of them in Germany) after illicit emission-control software was detected in the manufacturers latest Euro 6 diesel models.
The recall involves A4, A5, A6, A7 and A8 sedans and Q5 and Q7 SUVs, the German transport ministry told the DPA news agency, confirming a report in Bild am Sonntag.
The KBA has found that the affected cars’ engine management systems turn off emissions-reducing measures in real-world traffic while allowing them to work on a test bench, the paper said
The KBA is threatening to withdraw type approval for the latest generation of Audi’s A8 range-topping sedan, Bild am Sonntag said.
Audi said the models had been included in a voluntary recall of 850,000 diesel vehicles with V-6 and V-8 TDI engines announced in July.
“The engine control software for the vehicles in question will be completely revised, tested and submitted to the KBA for approval,” Audi said in a statement.
Audi said it has been examining its diesel cars for potential irregularities for months in close cooperation with the KBA.
“As part of this systematic and detailed assessment, the KBA has now also issued a notice regarding Audi models with V-6 TDI engines,” it said.
In November, Audi announced a recall of 5,000 cars in Europe for a software fix after discovering they emitted too much nitrogen oxide.
Last month, Audi dissolved the task force it set up to investigate how many of its diesel cars have manipulated software.
In a separate deal in Canada said to be worth $290 million, Canadian settlement class members and U.S. customers with eligible Volkswagen and Audi vehicles originally sold or leased in Canada can submit claims for benefits under the Settlement Program. The company has set up an online portal where vehicle owners can register their claims.