Audi Sticks With Diesel While Rest of VW Drives Hard for Electrics

25 July, 2017, 11:43 | Author: Celia Hoffman
  • Audi announces retrofit programme for 850000 diesel cars

BMW fell 2.8 per cent, Daimler 2.6 per cent and Volkswagen 2.5 per cent. Shares also fell Friday after Der Spiegel published its findings online.

Der Spiegel magazine had reported Friday that German carmakers Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, BMW and Daimler had secretly worked together from the 1990s onwards on issues including polluting emissions from diesel vehicles. The smaller tanks reduced costs and freed up space in the vehicles, the magazine said.

The self-termed "5er Kreis" or "Circle of 5" group reportedly agreed the size of tanks containing urea fluid used to neutralise NO2 which, to save space, was too small to meet diesel emission environmental requirements.

The BMW statement does quietly admit that meetings between engineers took place, saying: 'From a BMW Group perspective, the objective of discussions with other manufacturers concerning AdBlue tanks was the installation of the required tanking infrastructure in Europe'. Volkswagen's supervisory board will hold an extraordinary meeting Wednesday "due to the current situation", a spokesman said.

European Union antitrust officials confirmed over the weekend that they had started investigating allegations of a cartel among a group of German carmakers.

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Audi, a division of Volkswagen Group, said it would update engine software on up to 850,000 diesel cars. BMW is confident of its engines and is waiting for an August 2 European diesel summit of factory officials with Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt where diesel emissions will be discussed.

A committee will be set up to measure the impact of updating diesel cars on individual communities and cities, with a view to averting bans of diesel cars, the sources said.

The retrofit programme applies to six-cylinder and eight-cylinder V6 and V8 diesel engines sold in Europe and other markets outside of the US. As a result, levels of harmful nitrogen oxides are higher in urban areas than they would be if carmakers were adhering to pollution standards. It was found that the software controlled emission controls were illegally turned off on U.S. roads in order to improve performance. Volkswagen has agreed to more than $20 billion in US civil and criminal fines and settlements, and eight executives have been charged. Adding to the above, the team at Audi also insists that the emissions will improve under real driving condition way beyond the existing legal limits.

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