The luxury car maker Audi has announced that 2.1 million of their vehicles around the world have been fitted with the software that cheats emission tests. According to Audi, 1.42 million cars affected are located in Western Europe, including the 577,000 cars sold in Germany. The models affected include A1, A3, A4, A5, A6, Q3, Q5 and TT.
According to the estimate made by the company, there are more than 13,000 affected units in the US and about 1500 units in Canada. Audi spokesperson, Bradley Stertz said that the 3.0 liter V6diesel engines are not fitted with the cheater software.
Globally, there are 11 million vehicles with the emission cheater technology installed by Volkswagen. According to German authorities, their country has 2.8 million Volkswagen vehicles with emission –cheating software in the country. According to the EPA, there are 482,000 cars in the US with the problem software.
German authorities have started the probe against the former boss of Volkswagen, Martin Winterkorn.
German authorities on Monday revealed that the former chief executive of Volkswagen, Martin Winterkorn will have to face the investigation on allegations of fraud activities in the sales of cars with manipulated emission software.
The scandal came to light last week and Volkswagen accepted the allegation and stopped the sales of their diesel models in the US.
The company apologized for violating the emission rules and breaching the trust of its customers. The company replaced Martin Winterkorn with Matthias Mueller as the chief executive. Matthias has ordered a relentless investigation to reveal what made the company to resort to such disgraceful activity.
There are unconfirmed reports that the senior R&D officials working in Volkswagen group had been suspended. The staffs from Porsche, Audi and the other brands of Volkswagen got suspended.
The Volkswagen shares are also very badly affected by the situation. Apart from the great tumble the shares experienced last week, there is an additional sinking of 6.6% reported this week. In a week’s time the stock market value of the company was reduced by one third.
Volkswagen is exposed to a fine of $18bn in U.S and the German authorities have asked Volkswagen to set a timeline by October 7th on how they will ensure that the diesel cars manufactured by them will meet all the national emission standards without using any deceptive software.
There were reports of German media that the government has ignored the warnings that VW is using cheat technology for emission tests two years ago.