Audi prepares recall of rigged diesels in Germany

Audi will begin its recall in Germany with
A4 models fitted with the 2.0-liter EA 189 diesel engine.

FRANKFURT — Audi expects to begin recalling its models with Volkswagen Group rigged diesel engines in its German home market next month.

Audi plans to recall 580,000 cars in Germany equipped with EA 189 diesel engines at the center of parent Volkswagen Group’s emissions rigging scandal.

VW’s premium brand is waiting for Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) to approve a proposed fix for the vehicles. The fix will be valid across the EU under European type approval laws.

Audi declined to say how many of its cars are affected in the rest of Europe, nor when recalls will start in EU markets outside Germany.

“Our target date to begin implementing [the recall in Germany] is early March, pending approval by the KBA for the measures,” an Audi spokesman told Automotive News Europe.

The first model to be recalled will be a 2.0-liter diesel version of the Audi A4, while models equipped with 1.6-liter diesels will likely be fixed starting in September.

VW Group has admitted installing manipulated software in up to 11 million diesels sold globally by its VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat brands. Some 8.5 million of the rigged diesels were sold in Europe.

Last week, VW brand won approval to start fixing 8.5 million vehicles in Europe.

In the United States, VW and Audi are still discussing with regulators fixes for cars with rigged diesels.