German carmakers colluded on diesel emissions

Kelly Massey
July 22, 2017

The "voluntary" action affects high-end estates, saloons and sportscars fitted with V6 and V8 engines - the majority sold in Europe. A total of up to 850,000 cars worldwide with six-cylinder and eight-cylinder diesel engines (V6/V8 TDI, EU5/EU6) will get new software.

The software update is aimed at reducing emissions in urban areas where nitrogen oxides are a huge problem for diesels.

Work to adjust the engines takes around an hour and will be carried out free of charge for customers.

Audi stated that it does not have the exact data to determine how many of those diesel engines were fitted to the cars sold in Britain.

Audi said the upgrade would "improve emissions behaviour in real driving conditions further beyond existing legal requirements".

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In recent days, rival German carmakers Mercedes and Daimler issued recalls involving three million vehicles.

Measures applied to almost all Euro 5 and Euro 6 vehicles including anything from the compact A-Class up to luxury execs like the E-Class.

France has also announced it'll stop the sale of diesels AND petrols from 2040 while many manufacturers - including Renault - are ditching small diesel units as they're not cost effective.

"This new chapter in the diesel saga needs to be taken seriously", Evercore ISI analyst Arndt Ellinghorst said in a note.

It's now understood that among other things, the carmakers discussed choice of suppliers and component costs, particularly the cost of AdBlue, an exhaust emissions treatment system for diesel engines.

Since 2006, there had also been "innumerable meetings" about diesel exhaust processing created to reduce emissions of harmful nitrogen oxides (NOx).

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