Audi to Refit Software on 850000 Diesel Vehicles Outside North America

Audi is to refit software in over 850,000 vehicles sold in Europe and other markets

However, BMW has hit back at the allegations.

The backlash could take on a new, far broader dimension if it turns out that the excess emissions were the result of illegal collusion by a de facto cartel.

The vehicle industry is one of the heavyweights of the German manufacturing sector, directly employing more than 800,000 people and a year ago generating sales totalling 405 billion euros (472 billion dollars).

The Der Spiegel report, which cited a document submitted by Volkswagen in July 2016, led stocks for all three companies to fall Friday.

The discussions began in the 1990s and involved more than 200 employees in 60 working groups in areas including vehicle development, petrol and diesel motors, brakes and transmissions.

Audi claims that this preventive measure will be carried out in close association with Germany's Federal Motor Transport Authority, and that the service is also being offered to Porsche and Volkswagen models which use the same sixand eightcylinder engines.The auto maker further reiterated that the updates will be carried out at no cost to owners.

It's unclear if the alleged collusion could have influenced some of the carmakers' choice to use so-called defeat devices to skirt emissions standards. This prompted governments in Germany, France and the U.K. To crack down on toxic nitrogen oxide emissions from diesels and set driving bans within ten years for polluting vehicles in Europe. However, Der Spiegel reported that the four automakers agreed to use smaller rather than larger tanks in order to cut costs. Volkswagen has previously admitted in courts that the tanks they fitted in their cars did not hold enough of the solution.

In a move to woo customers, German carmaker giant Audi is offering free software upgrade for its diesel cars to improve emissions.

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Daimler last Tuesday announced a voluntary recall of more than 3 million Mercedes vehicles in Europe amid mounting questions over its diesel engines.

Mercedes describes its action as a "service campaign", not a recall.

Daimler's regional office told The Straits Times that it had no plans to do a similar recall here.

Some will say that there is no smoke without fire but for now, Is actually not concerned / investigated.

BMW sought to defuse concern about possible collusion with other German auto makers by rejecting allegations of cheating on diesel emissions and downplaying talks with rivals as being focused on promoting exhaust-treatment technology in Europe.

Diesels came under increased scrutiny after Volkswagen admitted to using illegal software that in the US detected when vehicles were on test stands and turned emission controls on so that the cars passed the emissions test.

The company added: "Due to current media reports, the BMW Group considers it has become necessary to make its position regarding recent allegations clear". BMW Group vehicles are not handled and comply with the respective legal requirements.

"This of course also applies to diesel automobiles".


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