Volkswagen’s emission cheat software now includes 3.3 million Audi and Skoda cars. Of the total reported, 2.1 million cars are from Audi, while remaining 1.2 million are from Skoda. The companies have publicly accepted installation of the cheat software.
Audi has revealed that 1.42 million cars with Euro V compliant diesel engines have been affected in Western Europe, including 5,77,000 in Germany alone. In the US, 13,000 cars are affected with the same issue. The models affected include the Audi A1, A3, A4, A5, A6, TT, Q3 and Q5. Skoda has also admitted that 1.2 million cars have been affected but failed to identify the models. In India, Skoda cars which feature the 2.0l TDI engine are – Octavia, Yeti and Superb.
Following Volkswagen emission rigging crisis, VW Group’s former CEO Martin Winterkorn has been replaced by Porsche Chief Executive Matthias Muller, while Chairmen of both SEAT and Skoda are also being replaced. R&D heads of all three, Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche have also been reportedly fired.
EU countries have launched independent investigations into the effects of VW defeat device software while UK is also preparing to run tests on UK cars to assess emission results. The Govt. of India is also investigating if Volkswagen has used defeat device to cheat emission tests in India with the ARAI conducting further tests while reports are expected in a few days time.
According to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the United States VW used defeat device or illegal software to automatically detect when the cars were undergoing an emission test and change the way the engine behaved. Following these tests the engines reverted back to normal driving mode, emitting NOX 40 times over the permissible limits.