Frankfurt : Volkswagen’s top-of-the-range automaker Audi said that 2.1 million of its diesel cars worldwide are fitted with the sophisticated software enabling them to cheat emission tests. In Germany alone, 577,000 vehicles were affected and 13,000 in the United States, an Audi spokesman said.
In western Europe as a whole, the number was 1.42 million. The models concerned were the A1, A3, A4, A6, Q3, Q5 and also the TT, the spokesman said.
According to German media reports at the weekend, Volkswagen ignored warnings from staff and a supplier years ago that the emission test rigging software was illegal.
German authorities meanwhile heaped pressure on the embattled corporate titan, demanding it set out a timeline by October 7 on how it will ensure its diesel cars meet national emission standards without using the cheat technology.
The spiralling scandal has badly tarnished VW’s name, left it exposed to up to 18 billion dollars (16 billion euros) in US fines, and wiped a third off its stock market value in a week. Last Friday, the VW board tapped company insider Matthias Mueller — chief of its luxury sports car brand Porsche — to steer the world’s largest automaker out of the wreckage. -AFP
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