2.1 Million Audi Cars Found With Defeat Devices; Lawsuits Commence
While the Volkswagen Group dieselgate scandal grows, so does the number of vehicles affected. Today, Audi admitted to having 2.1 million TDI vehicles with defeat devices present. Most of those vehicles having been sold in Western Europe and Germany. According to Reuters, models affected include the A1, A3, A4, A5, A6, TT, Q3, and Q5. 1.42 million of those vehicles were sold in Western Europe, with 577,000 being sold in Germany, and nearly 13,000 sold in the U.S. But Audi is not alone. RELATED: See More of the 2015 Audi TT Coupe
Skoda and Seat, two brands owned by VW that are not sold in the U.S., have also admitted to using engines fitted with defeat devices. The number of vehicles affected from each of those brands have yet to be determined. Porsche, for now, remains clear of any discrepancies, though its diesel engines will eventually be tested.
While Volkswagen Group is scrambling to fix the issue, consumers are beginning to file lawsuits. In the U.S. alone, 34 lawsuits against Volkswagen Group have been filed, according to FiveThirtyEight.com. Considering nearly 500,000 vehicles in the U.S. have been affected, we expect that number to grow significantly.
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The lawsuits could potentially result in billions of dollars worth of fines on top of the already $18 billion fine by the EPA. Not to mention the inevitable fallout from shareholders and dealers as well.
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