Volkswagen has admitted that software installed on Audi gasoline models can produce incorrect results, according to a statement made by the company to a German newspaper. Recent allegations have accused Audi of installing a “defeat device” on certain gasoline-powered models designed to hide the vehicles’ high emissions levels during testing.
Volkswagen and Audi are facing class action lawsuits over allegations of emissions cheating on Audi’s 2012-2016 A6, A8, Q5, and Q7 models equipped with a 3.0 liter gasoline engine and an AL 551 automatic transmission and S4, S5, S6, and S7 models equipped with a DL 501 automatic transmission.
The lawsuits allege that these models were equipped with a software defeat device that lowered the vehicles’ carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions output during inspection, making them appear to emit lower pollution levels than they do under normal driving conditions.
In a recent statement to the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Volkswagen admitted that software installed on the affected Audi models – which the company refers to as “adaptive shift programs” – could “lead to incorrect and non-reproducible results” in the emissions levels of these vehicles. Volkswagen also told the newspaper that it had contacted the German Transport Authority (KBA) to explain the operation of this software.
However, Volkswagen has disputed allegations that this software represented a deliberate attempt by the company to engage in emissions cheating. Although software that varies transmission shifting behavior is not necessarily illegal (such as the sport and eco modes found on some vehicles), the EPA has yet to address the question of whether the emissions software found on the affected Audi models is illegal under U.S. law since the device was discovered by the California Air Resources Board earlier in 2016.
Drivers who purchased or leased an A6, A8, Q5, or Q7 model equipped with a 3.0 liter gasoline engine and an AL 551 automatic transmission or a S4, S5, S6, and S7 model equipped with a DL 501 automatic transmission may be eligible to file a lawsuit. The first step in taking legal action is to speak with an experienced attorney who can advise you regarding your legal rights and guide you through the process of filing a claim.
The law firm of Heygood, Orr & Pearson has represented hundreds of VW and Audi diesel owners affected by emissions cheating by Volkswagen. Our partner, Michael Heygood, was named to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee that helped to negotiate settlements on behalf of VW and Audi owners as part of the nationwide Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) against Volkswagen in California.
For more information about the allegations of CO2 emissions cheating against Audi, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson for a free consultation by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001. You can also reach us by filling out the free case evaluation form located at the top of this page.