Premium car manufacturer Audi has recalled nearly 5,000 cars in Europe to fix problems with the emission control software which emitted nitrogen oxide beyond the permissible limit. The dieselgate scandal by its parent company in 2015 had been put to rest in the US. However, this time around Audi has reported the matter to Germany’s road transport authority KBA, which was concerned about the possible illegal manipulation of emission levels.

 Audi said it would update the software of the 4,997 A8 model vehicles with 4.2 litre V8 diesel engines, of which 3,660 are in Germany and were made between September 2013 and August 2017. The software updates will likely be available in the first quarter of 2018 after winter testing.

“Among other things, the update should ensure that after cold starts the engine more quickly reaches optimal operating conditions for the exhaust-gas treatment system so that its emissions are improved in real driving conditions,” it said.

“During the testing, it will be ensured that the new software has no disadvantages for customers in terms of fuel consumption or performance.”

The dieselgate scam in 2015 had Volkswagen in the news where it was found to have illegally manipulated engine software to meet nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions standards in laboratory testing but not in real-world conditions. However, in real world conditions, it was found that Volkswagen vehicles could emit up to 40 times more than the permissible limits. The company had also witnessed a sharp 20 per cent drop in shares when the scandal was revealed.

 Several Audi models were affected and Audi has been accused in media reports of having devised the so-called defeat devices years earlier but not to have installed them in its vehicles at that time. Audi and Volkswagen have never commented on the matter.

Volkswagen’s shares plunged more than 20 percent when the scandal broke. They climbed back to pre-crisis levels for the first time on Thursday.

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