WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU'RE AN OWNER? Audi's diesel A3 is one of the models affected in the VW Group's emissions scandal. Image: Quickpic
Berlin - Audi says 2.1 million of its vehicles are among those with the engines affected by the Volkswagen emissions-rigging scandal.
Audi said on Monday that the engine in question was fitted to 1.6-litre and 2-litre turbo diesel models in the A1, A3, A4, A6, TT, Q3 and Q5 ranges, news agency dpa reported.
The cars involved have engines in the "euro 5" emissions category; those with the newer "euro 6" engines aren't affected by the emissions scandal.
Volkswagen said earlier in September that 11 million vehicles worldwide contain software involved in the emissions-rigging scandal, and later added that 5 million of those were cars were produced by its core VW brand.
The group has yet to provide a full listing of what cars were involved.
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South Africa will join an increasing list of countries that will investigate VW models locally.
Themba Kaula, head of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications' (NRCS) transport department, says the organisation will launch an investigation by performing tests within the next "two to three months" on VW models.
According to Kaula, models affected are available in South Africa but any irregularities or non-compliance will only be determined once the tests have been conducted. The NRCS has not ruled out a recall of local models as yet.
Mercedes, BMW affected?
A European environmental organisation says it has found some new models of Mercedes, Volkswagens, BMWs and other new cars consume much more fuel than lab tests claim.
The Euro Transport & Environment organisation, said it had found no proof the cars are equipped with the same sort of "defeat devices" installed on diesel-powered Volkswagens to enable them to cheat on emissions tests.
The group called on European Union governments to broaden their probes into the "defeat devices" to cover gasoline cars as well.
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Transport & Environment said according to its research, the gap between lab test results for fuel economy and real-world performance rose last year to 40% on average, from 8% in 2001.
It said the difference for Mercedes A, C and E class models is over 50%.
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