Audi faces allegations of emissions cheating on vehicles equipped with a DL 501 automatic transmission, including the 2012-2016 Audi S4, S5, S6, S7, and S8 models. According to several class action lawsuits filed against Audi, the automaker installed a software defeat devices on thousands of gasoline models in order to conceal the high CO2 emissions levels of these vehicles.
The DL 501 transmission (also known as DL 501-7Q) was sourced by Audi from Volkswagen, Audi’s parent company. The DL 501 transmission can be found on both gasoline and diesel models. Audi continued to use the DL 501 transmission on new vehicles sold by the automaker as late as May 2016.
In 2016, investigators with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) discovered that Audi had installed an emissions cheating device on cars with a 3.0-liter gasoline engine, including those with the DL 501 automatic transmission. This “defeat device” – a software program installed by Audi – was designed to adjust the operation of the affected models to make them appear to emit lower levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) while undergoing emissions testing. The software is able to detect when the affected models are in the emission testing bay and switch the vehicles to “low rev” mode to reduce their performance, lowering the CO2 emissions. Under normal driving conditions, the vehicles return to normal performance, increasing the amount of CO2 released into the environment.
Audi is also accused of installing emissions cheating software on 3.0 liter gasoline models with an AL 551 transmission, part of the ZF 8HP family of eight-speed transmissions made by ZF Friedrichshafen. Vehicles that were manufactured using the AL 551 transmission include the Audi A6, A7, A8, and Q5 models sold between 2012-2016 and Q7 models from 2012-2017. Additional Audi models may also be included in the class action litigation against the automaker as more test are performed by investigators on the company’s vehicles.
Audi is facing multiple class action lawsuits filed on behalf of drivers who purchased or leased one of the vehicles equipped with CO2 emissions cheating software. These lawsuits allege that Audi continued to install the defeat device on its gasoline models for months after similar allegations against Volkswagen were made public in the Dieselgate scandal in September 2015.
Drivers who purchased or leased one of the affected Audi vehicles may experience higher fuel costs, decreased value to their vehicles, or other additional costs as a result of Audi’s emissions cheating. In addition to the class action lawsuits already filed against Audi, the carmaker may also face individual lawsuits filed by drivers, as well as lawsuits from state or federal agencies over potential environmental or regulatory violations by Audi.
If you purchased or leased a 2012-2016 Audi A6, A7, A8, Q5, Q7, S4, S5, S6, S7, or S8 gasoline model, you may qualify to file a lawsuit over the allegations of CO2 emissions cheating against Audi. The first step in taking legal action is to speak with an attorney who can advise you regarding your legal rights and guide you through the first steps of filing a claim.
The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have represented numerous Audi and VW diesel owners whose vehicles were involved in litigation against Volkswagen in the Dieselgate emissions cheating scandal. Our partner, Michael Heygood, was one of a small number of attorneys chosen to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee that helped to oversee the Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) against Volkswagen in California.
For more information about the allegations of CO2 emissions cheating against Audi and to find out whether you may be eligible to file a case, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001. You can also reach us by filling out our free case evaluation form located at the top of this page.