Audi’s soft­ware patch hopes to save diesel

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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.

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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.

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