Naysayers have long said that Audis were nothing more than Volkswagens with leather interiors. While there is more to it than that, it's true that both brands share a lot of technologies, some platforms... and a few engines.
And as we know now, VW engines are currently under investigation. Just like Wolfsburg's TDI, a few Audi models are now included in the scandal of the computer program that limits engine power to satisfy EPA testing, but turns off in real-world driving conditions.
No fewer than 2.1 million Audis are affected throughout the world; of this number, 13,000 are in the United States. Note that this only affects TDI-equipped vehicles (A1, A3, A4, A5, A6, TT, Q3 and/or Q5).
Audi and Volkswagen are not the only arms of the VW empire that are affected; Czech automaker Skoda also equipped 1.2 million of its vehicle with the cheat program. If we add those to the 5 million Volkswagens (not 11 million like we originally thought) and add the 2.1 million Audis, we get a pretty significant number, and what's even worse is that other brands like SEAT haven't made announcements yet...
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