The black hole that is Dieselgate has begun to swallow other Volkswagen Group brands, including Audi, the Group’s premium brand. Speaking with Car and Driver, an Audi spokesperson admitted that, of the 11-million VW Group cars fitted with the emissions-cheating ‘defeat device,’ roughly 2.1 million were Audis. The affected models span the vast majority of Audi offerings, including the A1, A3 and TT hatchbacks, A4, A5 and A6 coupes and sedans as well as the Q3 and Q5 crossovers.
However, of these implicated models, only around 13,000 cars were sold in the U.S. The larger part, around 1.2 million, were sold in western Europe. Like VW owners, Audi owners, too, will have to wait to learn the fate of their cars. Volkswagen has set up a website dedicated to updating owners of the 2.0-liter EA189 TDI diesel engines impacted by the scandal, promising to fix the cars and bring them into compliance with tailpipe emissions regulations. Audi is said to be working on a similar site.
Thankfully, customers might not have to wait long. The VW Group has until Oct. 7 to come up with and present a plan of action to the German Federal Motor Transport Authority. As more cars — including other brands — are pulled into the ever-expanding Dieselgate, it’s clear that the fallout from this scandal will be long-lasting. How the VW Group can survive the scandal in its current form is unclear.