Audi Australia has confirmed that it will temporarily suspend the sale of models fitted with the 2.0-litre EA189 diesel engine, which is currently at the centre of the Volkswagen Group's "dieselgate" affair.
In a statement released on the day of the AFL Grand Final, Audi Australia said: "￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼Effective today, Audi Australia Pty Ltd [has] temporarily suspended the sale of affected vehicles fitted with the 2.0-litre EA189 diesel engines, certified according to the European emission standard EU5. The suspension of sales for the Audi brand relates to the Audi A4, A5 and Q5 vehicles with a 2.0 TDI engine only. The suspension will remain until the emission issues are addressed in those vehicles."
To clarify further which cars are impacted, the company goes on to state: "The 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre TDI engine certified according to the new EU6 emission standard are not affected. The same applies to V6 and V8 TDI engines, irrespective of whether they are certified according to EU5 or EU6. No petrol engines are affected."
The company's Australian arm will contact owners of affected vehicles "in the coming weeks and months with information about how their cars will be retrofitted". Until then, diesel Audis fitted with an emissions testing cheat device "continue to be safe to drive".
Customers who have any questions or concerns are encouraged to call 1800 50 AUDI (1800 50 2834).
Audi's announcement today was in done co-ordination with Volkswagen Australia after meeting "with the relevant government authorities yesterday to advise them of its strategy to address concerns that have been raised around the world regarding the diesel emissions issue".
Volkswagen Australia also announced today that it would suspend local sales of vehicles fitted with 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre EA189 diesel motors.
Two weeks ago, Volkswagen admitted to American authorities that it had installed a defeat device to enable vehicles fitted with EA189 diesel engines to pass emissions tests. It was later revealed that up to 11 million cars worldwide were fitted with this cheating algorithm.
Continue by reading more of our coverage of the Volkswagen Group's "dieselgate" scandal.