The Diesel Gate scandal seems to be never ending for the German carmaker Volkswagen. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found more cheat devices in Porsches and Audis. According to the EPA, 10,000 vehicles are affected in the US alone.
This time, the cheat device was found in the company's 3.0-litre diesel engines, that power the 2014 Volkswagen Touareg, 2015 Porsche Cayenne, and 2016 Audi models: A6 Quattro, A7 Quattro, A8, A8L, and Q5. These vehicles showed nitrogen oxide emissions nine times the permissible level.
Volkswagen, however, insists that it is only a "software function that had not been adequately described in the application process".
The carmaker says, "Volkswagen wishes to emphasise that no software has been installed in the 3-litre V6 diesel power units to alter emission characteristics in a forbidden manner."
Porsche says that the company is surprised by the EPA's findings, and claimed, "Until this notice, all of our information was that the Porsche Cayenne diesel is fully compliant."
The 3.0-litre diesel engine's nitrogen oxide emissions came to light when the EPA tested cars under real life conditions. Vehicle testing was done beyond the four walls of laboratories after the EPA found the cheat devices for the first time in Volkswagen cars. Since then, the German carmaker has admitted that 11 million vehicles were affected worldwide.
Volkswagen now faces a situation where it will have to spend billions of dollars in the US alone. The company also risks paying compensation to many worldwide.