Audi’s software patch hopes to save diesel
AUDI — German automaker Audi says it will fit up to 850 000 diesel cars with new software to improve their emissions performance, following a similar move by rival Daimler.
Audi, a unit of Volkswagen, announced the voluntary retrofitting programme last Friday.
The company said in a statement that it “aims to maintain the future viability of diesel engines” and believes the programme “will counteract possible bans on vehicles with diesel engines”.
The company did not state by how much the new software will limit the engine’s output to make the toxic mix of gasses from the tailpipe more acceptable in Europe.
The free programme, which will apply to Europe and other markets outside the U.S. and Canada, applies to cars with six-cylinder and eightcylinder diesel engines.
Daimler earlier said it will voluntarily recall three million MercedesBenz cars with diesel engines in Europe to improve their emissions performance. Diesels have been under a cloud since Volkswagen admitted equipping vehicles with emissions-cheating software. — AFP-WR.
While Audi is trying to save its diesel engines with a software patch, its new all-electric E-tron Sportback concept spells the end of all internal combustion.