' Audi threatens to fines because of diesel affair ': That was the headline the 'Bild am Sonntag' in an article dated September 15, 2019, in which the VW brand was accused of failing to come to terms with the diesel scandal. Specifically, the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA) put the automaker under pressure in three letters to the board to finally remove the fraudulent electronics from the last cheat diesels by means of a software update. If Audi allowed an ultimatum to elapse by September 26th, it could face a fine of 25,000 euros per car or the shutdown of the affected vehicles.
Solution in sight by the end of September
Audi's replica of this Article was not long in coming - until the afternoon. According to the Ingolstadt-based company, the three notifications came from 2017 and they concerned “around 20,000 of the 151,000 vehicles in Germany for which Audi received recalls in the course of the diesel crisis.” For these last cars, “the approval of the technical remedy is within reach Proximity ”. Audi is currently submitting the latest technical reports and the manufacturer's certificate.
On Friday afternoon, KBA Audi gave approval for the software update to 11,800 vehicles. These were models with V6 TDI, which are classified according to Euro 6. “We will have all the documents for a further 8,200 vehicles in September and thus within the deadline set by the Federal Motor Transport Authority,” said a spokesman on Sunday.
Approvals for V6 and V8 TDI
According to Audi, the cheat software has already been removed from 84,000 of the 151,000 cars complained about (56 percent). The KBA has already approved the necessary software update for a further 55,000 vehicles (36 percent), which must still be installed in the workshops. With the 12,400 copies mentioned, eight percent of all defective diesel Audis in Germany would still be missing from this campaign