A potential setback for the luxury brand
Audi boss Rupert Stadler is set to face another round of interrogations by a U.S. law firm following the recent news of another emissions cheating device found in one of the automaker’s vehicles, Reuters reports.
According to two unnamed sources, Stadler will soon be questioned by Jones Day, the law firm selected by VW and Audi boards to investigate the company’s diesel emissions scandal that first erupted last year. The firm recently cleared Stadler of any wrongdoing following its initial investigation a few months ago.
Now, Stadler will have to answer questions about new revelations regarding a cheat device found by officials from the California Air Resources Board (CARB). According to CARB, the device was found in the transmission of an older Audi vehicle, and would allegedly alter the gearbox’s programming to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions in laboratory settings. CARB says the device activated the cheating program based on steering angle.
The new discovery potentially adds another setback for Audi. The automaker is still working to resolve the emissions issue affecting approximately 80,000 vehicles in North America equipped with the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6. Audi is working with North American officials for a solution, and must report its progress to a U.S. judge by December 1. Meanwhile, VW will soon shell out $14.7 billion USD in North America to buy back around 475,000 vehicles powered by the 2.0-liter turbodiesel I-4 and were fitted with emissions cheat devices.