Audi Joins the Diesel Stop-Sale Party, Dealers Block Five TDI Models


Audi Joins the Diesel Stop-Sale Party, Dealers Block Five TDI Models

Nov 11, 2015

Audi dealers can no longer sell five of its six diesel models, according to a stop-sale notice sent to dealers Tuesday.

New and used Audi TDI models—the 2013–2015 Q7 and 2014–2016 A6,  A7,  A8, A8L, and  Q5—are blocked, according to the notice received by Automotive News. The company has not yet posted an official statement. The cars go beyond a second EPA-violation notice to the Volkswagen Group on Monday, which cited only the 2016 A6, A7, A8, A8L, and Q5. The new 2015–2016 A3 TDI, along with any previous-gen A3 TDI models from 2009–2013, were not included in the notice. Also Tuesday, Porsche halted sales of the 2014–2016 Cayenne Diesel and Volkswagen began a separate investigation regarding fuel-economy figures for 800,000 more cars.

Volkswagen has not yet halted sales of the Touareg TDI, which was also named in Monday’s violation notice. Audi did not elaborate whether other models, such as the first 2009–2012 Q7 TDIs, use the same emissions-cheating software. All of the vehicles use Volkswagen’s 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6.




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