Haven't we been down this road before?
The German media is reporting that Audi has been ordered to recall some 127,000 vehicles over – wait for it – "illicit emission-control software in its latest Euro 6 diesel models." Automotive News Europe has learned from a report in Bild am Sonntag that the recall involves the Audi A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, Q5 and Q7 So, the majority of its current lineup? Pretty much, yes. Haven't been down this road before? Also yes. Here's what happened: Germany's KBA motor transport authority somehow detected the software issue.
The affected vehicles' engine management systems turn off emissions-reducing measures in real-world conditions. But when those vehicles are being tested, everything comes off as just fine. Any of this sound familiar? The KBA is now threatening to withdraw approval for the all-new A8 until this problem is fixed. What's interesting is that these specific vehicles were part of a voluntary recall of 850,000 diesel vehicles with V6 and V8 TDI engines last summer. The KBA is now focused on vehicles with the V6 TDI. Thing is, VW Group diesel vehicles are still having emissions issues that require recalls.
Just last November, Audi announced a 5,000-vehicle recall in Europe for a software fix due to too much nitrogen oxide being admitted. This time around, the recall appears to only be in Europe (for now), with 77,600 vehicles in Germany alone.