Volkswagen of America has informed the EPA at least 85,000 cars equipped with the V6 3.0 TDI engine have illegal software created specifically to manipulate CO2 emissions test results.

It was at the beginning of the month when the Environmental Protection Agency accused VoA of installing a defeat device in the V6 3.0 TDI engine and now the Volkswagen Group has admitted this is true. In total, there are more than 85,000 cars from the model year 2009 through 2016 equipped with the rigged diesel engine installed on large Audi, Porsche, and Volkswagen models.

According to Audi of America’s communications chief Jeri Ward, the illegal software is different than the one installed on the 482,000 cars equipped with the 2.0 TDI engine sold by VoA.

As a reminder, Volkswagen admitted they sold around 11 million cars worldwide with a defeat device for the 1.2 TDI, 1.6 TDI, 2.0 TDI EA189 engines. Now, the number of diesel cars with special software has increased by at least 85,000 vehicles. These “new entries” include a variety of models such as the Porsche Cayenne, Volkswagen Touareg, and several Audi models (A6, A7, A8/A8L, Q5, and Q7).

We should remind you that Volkswagen UK said towards the end of September the V6 3.0 TDI cars sold locally are legitimate. Ongoing investigations in Europe will reveal whether this is true or not.

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