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Audi has confirmed that a total of 2.1 million units of its diesel vehicles worldwide are involved in the same diesel emissions scandal that has rocked its parent company, Volkswagen. In a report by Reuters, the Ingolstadt-based car manufacturer stated that a notable amount of its cars have been fitted with the same “defeat devices” found in Volkswagen’s oil burners.

In Western Europe alone, a total of 1.42 million Audi diesel vehicles equipped with so-called EU 5 engines are affected. Elsewhere, 577,000 units in Germany are involved along with an additional 13,000 diesel cars in the United States. The figures were confirmed by an Audi spokesperson.

Models involved are diesel variants of the Audi A1, A3, A4, A5, A6, TT, Q3 and Q5. Just last week, parent company Volkswagen announced that a total of around 11 million units of diesel cars from its group brands around the world are affected by the aforementioned diesel scandal.

To recap, Volkswagen could be looking at a fine of up to US$18 billion after it was caught cheating on emissions tests in the US. As a result, the brand is now facing a criminal investigation by the US Department of Justice. The scandal has resulted in the loss of VW’s CEO, Martin Winterkorn – who has since been replaced by Porsche boss, Matthias Mueller.

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