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Retrofitting vehicles: diesel affair: KBA threatens Audi with financial penalties

2019-09-15T14:50:08.778Z

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Ingolstadt / Berlin (dpa) - The Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has threatened Audi with financial penalties, the car maker should not comply with deadlines when retrofitting rigged diesel vehicles. This was confirmed by the Federal Ministry of Transport in Berlin on request.

In addition, Audi threaten due to emissions manipulation further recalls for older diesel models with the emission standard 4. The recalls by the KBA of Euro-4 vehicles of Audi AG would be "imminent," it said. Audi sees itself in the conversion of manipulated diesel vehicles on schedule and will comply with the deadlines.

Previously, the "Bild am Sonntag" reported that the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt Audi had threatened with penalty money, the manufacturer should not prove until 26 September 2019, as all offending vehicles are brought into a lawful condition. Ignore Audi the decision, threaten a withdrawal of the type approval. The release for a software update missing for individual V6 and V8 models with the emission standard Euro 6, the paper said.

The carmaker emphasized: "Audi is making progress in the diesel crisis." For the last eight percent of the affected Audi vehicles in Germany, the release of the technical remedy is within reach. "In September, and thus within the deadline set by the Federal Motor Vehicle Office, we will have the documents for a further 8200 vehicles complete."

According to Audi, solutions are still open for 12,400 cars. For the remaining vehicles also a software update had been developed, required emission measurements were provided. «So we see no reason for a withdrawal of the type approval. The solution is imminent, we keep the deadline. »

In late 2017, the Federal Motor Transport Authority had issued several orders that Audi had to remove software tricks from its diesel models, which officially drove the vehicles clean but clearly exceeded exhaust emissions limits on the road. The agency had therefore ordered the recall of thousands of vehicles and prescribed deadlines for software updates for the conversion.

According to the company's information, the KBA had asked Audi to submit the last necessary documents in relation to three out of eight recall notices by 26 September. The three notifications from 2017 would have affected around 20,000 of the total of 151,000 vehicles in Germany for which Audi received recalls.

Source: zeit

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