Audi will recall close to 5,000 of its A8 models fitted with V8 diesel engines built between September 2013 and August 2017 after they were found to exceed the nitrogen oxide limits.
The company said it has already reported the issue to Germany’s transport authority, the KBA. Of the 4,997 A8 models to be recalled, 3,660 will be in Germany. The cars will be fitted with a software update, likely to be released early next year.
The news comes just days after affected owners in the UK urged the Government to hold the Volkswagen Group accountable over problems with the emissions fix.
The “Volkswagen Diesel Customer Forum” Facebook group has 6,400 members, and 140 of these have contacted the Department for Transport’s Select Committee Chair, Lilian Greenwood, calling for action to be taken over VW’s handling of the emissions scandal.
Group members claim their cars have suffered “technical problems, breakdowns and parts failures” following a software patch intended to improve emissions. The group says its members “cannot stand by and allow Volkswagen to continue denying that there are problems with their fix.”
The group also highlights that letters VW previously sent out to owners of affected cars said the software update was “required”, rather than making clear the fix was voluntary. Fortunately, diesel powered Volkswagens and Audi’s were never officially sold in Malaysia.