Audi admits over 2 million vehicles are part of VW emissions scandall

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    Audi & Porsche Facilities Raided

    A number of Porsche and Audi facilities have been raided by German prosecutors as part of ongoing investigations related to the diesel emissions cheating scandal.

    Thirty public prosecutors searched ten Porsche properties in search of unspecified documents. Financial Times reports that three people have come under suspicion after the raid, including a member of the Porsche management board, a senior Porsche manager, and a former Porsche employee.
     
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    Yea right. They’re gonna pay them off with 911 turbos and we’ll never hear of this again.
     
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    Knew it was a matter of time.... I'm sure all of the auto manufacturers cheat at some point. Some more than others...
     
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    Audi CEO Arrested And Jailed In Germany After Wiretap Findings

    Stadler was arrested and imprisoned by German authorities on suspicion he was interfering with ongoing investigations concerning the brand’s emissions-cheating diesel engines.

    Stadler was apprehended at his home in the early morning hours of June 18 — a stunning development that company insiders say they didn't see coming. The 55-year-old executive could face charges of fraud in connection with "defeat device" software found in Audi diesel vehicles in Europe.

    Evidence emerged that Audi had played a key role in developing the illegal emissions software while Stadler was CEO. A week after naming him a suspect in their investigation, German authorities swooped in after a wiretap reportedly indicated Stadler was influencing witnesses to cover up the affair. Brought immediately before a magistrate, the Audi CEO was denied bail on the grounds he might obstruct the investigation were he to remain at large.

    That makes Stadler, the son of a Bavarian farmer who studied corporate finance in college, the highest-ranking official at Volkswagen Group to be arrested because of the scandal. He is the first German CEO to be taken into custody on the suspicion of corporate wrongdoing while still in office.
     
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    Prosecutors Slap Audi With $928 Million Fine For Diesel Violations

    Following VW’s €1 billion fine in June, German prosecutors have penalized Audi as well with the whopping amount of €800 million ($928 million).

    The huge fine is “due to deviations from regulatory requirements in the context of certain V6 and V8 diesel aggregates and diesel vehicles manufactured or distributed by Audi AG,” the automaker says in a statement.

    The investigation carried out by the Munich II public prosecutor found that Audi’s “emissions service/power engine approval” failed to monitor vehicles’ regulatory conformity. According to the results obtained by the prosecution, the breaches of monitoring duties “were concurrent causes of certain V6 and V8 diesel aggregates developed by Audi AG not meeting regulatory requirements.” That’s not all.
     
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    Cheating Emissions Software Leads To Mercedes-Benz GLK Recall In Germany

    The Volkswagen Group opened the Pandora’s Box in 2015 when they admitted that certain vehicles were using cheating emissions software. Since then, regulators all over the world have looked into several automakers over similar suspicions, and while some came out clean, others have been caught using the same, illegal, practice. A German paper said that the alleged function was actually removed by Daimler during a software update. The automaker denied all accusations, but stated that they will collaborate with the country’s local authorities to fix the cars.

    Since Volkswagen came clean nearly four years ago, Daimler has recalled around 3 million vehicles to fix their excessive emissions. The most recent incident concerns Mercedes-Benz, who was forced to recall several diesel-powered vehicles in Germany. According to AutoNews, quoting the Transportation Ministry, the safety campaign covers GLK 220 models made from 2012 until 2015.

    The premium compact SUV is believed to have been fitted with software that provides false data during emissions tests, after preliminary investigation found that it only meets the required standards when a specific function is activated.
     
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    Ex-Audi Boss Rupert Stadler Officially Charged Over Emissions Scandal

    Former Audi CEO Rupert Stadler has been officially charged by German prosecutors for his involvement in VW Group’s emissions cheating scandal. Reuters reports that the public prosecutor’s office in Munich, Germany, said that Stadler along with three other defendants are being charged with fraud, false certification and criminal advertising practices.

    “Defendant Stadler is accused of having been aware of the manipulations since the end of September 2015 at the latest, but he did not prevent the sale of affected Audi and VW vehicles thereafter,” the prosecutor said in a statement.

    The prosecutors added that Stadler’s indictment relates to around 250,000 Audi models, 112,000 Porsches and 72,000 VW cars that were illegally fitted with the aforementioned software and sold both in the US and Europe. Back in September 2015, VW Group admitted that it used illegal software to alter the results of its diesel-powered vehicles during emission testing. The scandal has already costed the German car maker around $33.5 million (30 million euros). In addition, Audi admitted the use of an auxiliary control device in models fitted with the 3.0-liter V6 TDI engine, which was deemed illegal in the United States.

    Stadler was arrested in June 2018, with VW Group later terminating his contract, replacing him with Bram Schot in December 2018. Citing sources familiar with the matter, Stadler has denied any wrongdoing, as well as Wolfgang Hatz, former development chief at Porsche and former head of powertrain at Audi, who’s also reportedly been charged by the prosecutors.
     
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    too bad honda didn't do some cheating maybe the car would shift faster!:shady:
     
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    VW To Pay $96.5 Million To 98,000 U.S. Customers Over False Emissions Figures

    Volkswagen will lower the fuel economy ratings on 98,000 vehicles in the United States and reimburse their owners after the Environmental Protection Agency determined the company had overstated its emissions figures.

    Reuters reports that approximately 1 million 2013-2017 Audi, Bentley, Porsche and Volkswagen models had software that caused the transmission to shift gears in a manner that would optimize fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions during EPA-prescribed testing, but not under normal driving conditions.

    An investigation from Volkswagen says that it determined the software had lowered the fuel economy rating on roughly 98,000 vehicles in the U.S. by one mile per gallon. The EPA added that Volkswagen, therefore, understated greenhouse gas emissions by about 220,000 metric tons and will forfeit EPA credits as well as those in the federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy program.

    Among the cars getting lower emissions ratings are certain versions of the Audi A8, Bentley Continental GT, Porsche Cayenne and VW Touareg. As part of a court settlement, Volkswagen will reimburse customers $96.5 million, but not all the five model years of said vehicles are covered.

    Yahoo reports that lawyers of owners of the affected vehicles will ask a U.S. judge for $26 million in attorney’s fees and costs. This figure, which consists of $23.9 million in fees and $2.1 million in expenses, is separate from the $96.5 million settlement.
     
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