BERLIN — Germany's transport ministry confirmed a media report on Monday that the KBA automotive watchdog detected illicit emission-control software in Audi's latest diesel models and ordered a recall of the vehicles.
Some 127,000 vehicles from Audi, a unit of Volkswagen, designed to meet the latest Euro 6 emissions standards are affected worldwide, including 77,600 vehicles are registered in Germany, a spokeswoman for the German transport ministry said.
Newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported that road transport authority KBA had told Audi to respond by Feb. 2 on how it plans to update vehicle software controlling emissions, making sure the cars are unable to illegally manipulate emission controls.
Audi said in a statement on Sunday that the models had been included in a voluntary recall of 850,000 diesel vehicles with V6 and V8 TDI engines announced in July.
Reporting by Michael Nienaber