Audi Re­calls 85,000 Diesel Cars over Emis­sions Con­cerns

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Ger­many lux­ury car­maker, Audi, has is­sued a vol­un­tary re­call of 85,000 diesel cars, to up­date emis­sions soft­ware. The move is be­ing touted as a clas­sic res­cue plan to avoid po­ten­tial driv­ing bans in cities. The res­cue plan will cost no less than $2.3 bil­lion (2 bil­lion eu­ros) for cars in Ger­many, with the au­tomaker bear­ing the ex­pense of around 100 eu­ros per car. In­sid­ers be­lieve, Audi re­calls are in re­la­tion to nearly all cars with diesel en­gines meet­ing the Euro 6 rules.

“Audi aims to main­tain the fu­ture vi­a­bil­ity of diesel en­gines for its cus­tomers and to make a con­tri­bu­tion to­wards im­prov­ing air qual­ity,” the Bavaria-based man­u­fac­turer said in a state­ment.

Diesel ve­hi­cles with af­fected en­gines will re­ceive a free soft­ware up­grade. The free retro­fit will im­prove the en­gines’ “emis­sions in real driv­ing con­di­tions be­yond the cur­rent le­gal re­quire­ments”.

Us­ing soft­ware up­dates, au­tomak­ers are able to cut ni­tro­gen ox­ide pol­lu­tion by more than 20 per­cent.

Audi is go­ing to set up a com­mit­tee to mea­sure the im­pact of up­dat­ing diesel cars on com­mu­ni­ties and cities, world­wide. It plans to con­tain the sit­u­a­tion be­fore bans are called on diesel en­gine ve­hi­cles.

Audi is fol­low­ing Mercedes’ lead, which an­nounced ear­lier in the week it would re­call 3 mil­lion cars to im­prove their emis­sions per­for­mance. The ser­vice is also be­ing ex­tended to Porsche- and Volk­swa­gen- branded cars us­ing the V6 and V8 TDI en­gines.

Diesel emis­sions have come un­der in­tense scru­tiny since Volk­swa­gen ad­mit­ted in Septem­ber 2015 that they had in­stalled a de­cep­tive soft­ware on 11 mil­lion ve­hi­cles world­wide to cheat on emis­sions tests.

Reg­u­la­tors in re­gional cap­i­tals of the world have been look­ing at mea­sures to re­duce emis­sions from diesel ve­hi­cles. Some are even call­ing for bans on high­est-emit­ting ve­hi­cles from in­ner-city ar­eas.

Au­tomak­ers like Chevro­let are quickly mov­ing away from pro­duc­ing diesel en­gine ve­hi­cles. On the other hand, com­pa­nies like Daim­ler, Re­nault, GM, Ford, and Peu­geot are fac­ing ac­cu­sa­tions over em­ploy­ing shady prac­tices. Some of th­ese com­pa­nies are now even fac­ing class-ac­tion law­suits for us­ing “de­feat de­vice” soft­ware in some of their ve­hi­cles to trick en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tors. Now, diesel makes sense for trucks be­cause it only in­creases torque, which helps them tow more weight. When it comes to main­stream ve­hi­cles, all it can do is in­crease the fuel av­er­ages.

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