The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accused the German automaker Volkswagen of violating emissions standards. As a result, Volkswagen has stopped the sales of certain Audi luxury models.
U.S. dealers were issued a stop-sale order that covers 3-liter, 6-cylinder diesel versions of the 2015-2016 Audi A6, A7, A8, Q5 and Q7. This also includes certified pre-owned models. According to USA Today, those vehicles are the most profitable for Volkswagen.
The company has also stopped the sales of 3-liter diesel versions of the 2014-2016 Porsche Cayenne and 2015-2016 Volkswagen Touareg.
The California Air Resources Board and the EPA accused Volkswagen of installing illegal software on the models in an effort to evade U.S. standards on nitrogen oxide emissions. Volkswagen immediately issued a statement denying these accusations.
Brad Stertz, a spokesman for Audi, said Wednesday that the company is “trying to work with EPA and CARB to show our emission results and understand how they came to their conclusion.” Regulators claimed the company used a “defeat device” to convince them that the cars were compliant when the cars were actually sending harmful pollutants up to nine times the acceptable limit, according to USA Today.
In September, Volkswagen admitted to installing software similar to a “defeat device” on up to 11 million vehicles around the world. This started a series of government investigations and lawsuits and could possibly cause the company billions of dollars.
In the midst of crisis, Volkswagen is trying not to let anything make things worse. They said Monday that they would “clarify this matter” for the EPA regarding the Porsche Cayenne, VW Touareg and Audi models.
However, an assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Cynthia Giles, told reporters Monday that the EPA has “clear evidence of these additional violations.”
For Volkswagen’s sake, I hope they are wrong; this VW scandal has lasted for a while. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like their problems are slowing down.
VW in Germany announced problems with carbon dioxide emissions and miles per gallon ratings on 800,000 vehicles and said the issue could cost them $2.2 billion. On Wednesday, VW stock fell 10 percent. VW officials don’t think any of those vehicles are in the United States.