Audi fined $1.3 billion
Audi has agreed to pay €800 million ($1.3 billion) in fines to German authorities for its role in the Volkswagen Group’s diesel emissions scandal.
The luxury brand says it will pay the fines and accept responsibility for bypassing vehicle emissions laws in Europe.
A statement released by the manufacturer says “following thorough examination, Audi AG accepted the fine and it will not lodge an appeal against it. By doing so, Audi AG admits its responsibility for the deviations from regulatory requirements”.
The news follows a €1 billion ($1.6 billion) fine for Volkswagen for breaking the same rules in June. VW has reportedly paid US $30 billion ($42 billion) in fines and settlements since the diesel emissions scandal broke in 2015.
Audi says its latest fine will “significantly undercut” financial goals for the year, and that existing proceedings pursued by authorities in Munich “will be finally terminated” as a result of the deal.
The fine relates to emissions software in turbodiesel V6 and V8 models capable of detecting when cars were being tested by regulatory bodies, then passing tests in a special mode before exceeding maximum pollution levels in real-world running.
Fallout from the issue continues to hit the car industry. New real-world emissions testing has hit VW and Audi’s bottom line as the brands struggle to get diverse ranges to meet new requirements in Europe. Vehicles such as Audi’s diesel-powered Q7 are currently not available as the brand works to address technical problems in emissions systems.
David McCowen is Drive’s news editor, combining automotive passion with more than a decade of reporting experience. Dave is often found at a racetrack – either in the press room, or driving his hot hatch.