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Audi R&D head to be suspended over VW emissions scandal: Bild am Sonntag

US authorities had accused Volkswagen last year of fitting its engines with cheat software to dupe emission tests. Photograph: (Reuters)

WION Berlin, Germany Sep 18, 2016, 07.11 AM (IST)
Audi's head of development, Stefan Knirsch, will be suspended this week for his involvement in the Volkswagen emissions scandal, Bild am Sonntag reported. 

Audi is owned by Volkswagen. 

Knirsch knew about the use of cheat software fitted to some of Audi's, Porsche's, and VW's 3.0 litre diesel engines but gave a false promise under oath, investigations by international law firm Jones Day revealed, the German paper said today. 

Audi has admitted that its 3.0 litre V6 diesel engine was fitted with the cheat software to dupe emission tests. 

The scandal hit last year when US authorities accused VW of installing the device in order to make its cars seem less polluting, reported AFP. 

The auto company has confessed that 11 million disesel cars across the world had been fitted with the device, inlcluding cars by other VW companies like Audi, Skoda, and Seat. 

The cars were recalled and customers in the US were offered a buy-back and compensation. No such compromise was made for the European market. 

Nearly a year later, Volkswagen is still coping with ongoing litigation. 

(WION with inputs from agencies)

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