The company was forced to suspend sales of petrol versions of the A4, A5, S4 and S5 due to the mismatch between the specified fuel consumption data obtained during the certification cycle.
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Audi has stopped in Europe a number of models equipped with new 2.0-liter turbo engine with a “mild” hybrid setup. We are talking about sedans and station wagons, the A4, A5 coupé and charged S4/S5.
The manufacturer has equipped this engine is a “mild” hybrid system in which conventional starter replaced starter-generator. Surprisingly, it has not led to better efficiency and increase fuel consumption.
“The problem is bureaucracy. In laboratory tests, according to the cycle NEDC fuel consumption of the installation with a “mild” hybrid higher by 0.2–0.3 l / 100 km, whereas in real conditions the flow is naturally lower, — said the representative of the company publication Motoring. In test cycle “mild” hybrid setup is simply not involved”.
The company said that in theory sales could not be stopped, explaining to each client that he gets a little not the same car that I ordered, but this will cause more confusion.
Audi representatives have already appealed to the Ministry of transport of Germany with a request to issue a certificate with the new figures of fuel consumption, but this process was delayed, so the company has suspended the sales of the above cars in 27 European countries, except Switzerland.
A similar problem occurs with engines that are installed in the charged Audi S4 and S5. However, there are engineers just precalibrated software so that the fuel consumption corresponded to the declared. Besides the sale of these models microscopically, therefore sense to stop selling there.
- Audi’s decision to suspend sales is understandable. A few years ago due to an incorrectly specified fuel consumption of the Hyundai company was fined and forced to pay compensation to consumers.
- Previously Audi was under suspicion in the setting on your automatic transmission that allows you to understate emissions. The investigation into this case is still not completed.