Audi will recall 850000 diesel cars concerning update of emissions software

Audi offers voluntary retrofit fix for 850000 diesels

German carmaker Audi is offering a free software upgrade for 850,000 diesel cars in order to improve emissions.

Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW are being investigated by Germany's Federal Cartel Office on suspected antitrust collusion over decades on technology relating to exhaust gas measures on diesel vehicles. BMW and Daimler similarly declined to comment. It didn't elaborate on a possible follow-up probe on auto technology, saying it can't comment on ongoing investigations.

The services is been offered in an effort to avoid Audi's cars from being affected by proposed bans of diesel cars from German cities.

Audi owners will be hoping this latest recall doesn't affect performance of their engines after reported problems with the VW update.

The German government and vehicle industry have agreed on a diesel rescue plan to be presented early August, industry and political sources told Reuters earlier on Friday. "There seems to be a never ending story of bad news about the industry's bad behavior".

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Audi stated that it does not have the exact data to determine how many of those diesel engines were fitted to the cars sold in Britain.

Audi has also issued a similar recall for vehicles fitted with six-cylinder and four cylinder diesel engines. They need the fuel to have a chance at meeting increasingly tightening environmental targets.

It comes amid a sweeping investigation of automakers and their emissions after Volkswagen admitted to systematic cheating of diesel engine tests in 2015 to meet climate change rules that aim to reduce pollution. Cities from Munich to Mexico City have all made efforts to ban diesel cars from their roads. Der Spiegel said that the follow-up probe was essentially a by-product of that raid, which involved 50 employees of the cartel authority, aided by local police and regional law-enforcement officers.

The carmakers discussed their choice of suppliers and the price of components. "In the current environment, that's a another hit".

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