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Audi: 2.1 million cars have emissions-cheating software

Today Audi announced that 2.1 million of its diesel cars worldwide feature the software implicated by the EPA in cheating emissions testsReuters reports. That number breaks down to approximately 1.42 million vehicles that have Euro 5-compliant diesel engines that were sold in Western Europe, with approximately 577,000 in Germany alone.

Audi A4
Audi A4

In the U.S., some 13,000 Audi vehicles are now believed to have the emissions-cheating software, all A3 models equipped with the 2.0-liter TDI engine, according to Reuters.

The Volkswagen diesel scandal has always been understood to encompass several brands under the VW Automotive Group umbrella, but until recently the number of Audis affected by the emissions-cheating software globally was thought to be small and confined to a single model.

The rest of the Audi vehicles affected worldwide include the A1, A4A5A6, the TT, the Q3 and the Q5.

With its diesel car lineup grounded by an emissions-test cheating scandal, Volkswagen now bears the burden of proving that these vehicles comply with federal emissions standards, the EPA’s top …

Volkswagen announced last week that 11 million cars from all VW AG brands featuring the Type EA 189 engines were affected, though the number of vehicles out of compliance with a given country’s pollution standards was likely to be lower.

The EPA provided a listing of affected VW AG cars earlier, with all but one being a Volkswagen. The number of affected models in Europe is much higher due to the greater variety of models available with diesel engines, and the much higher volume of diesel cars sold.