Audi widens Europe diesel-car recall

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Frankfurt - Audi’s effort to emerge from the diesel scandal that has engulfed parent Volkswagen for more than a year suffered a setback as the luxury-car brand identified more cars in Europe that might breach emission rules.

Some 24 000 Audi flagship A8 sedans and A7 four-door coupes built between 2010 and 2013 will be recalled after “irregularities” were discovered in emission tests that indicated the cars might spew out as much as twice the pollution limits under some circumstances, Ingolstadt, Germany-based Audi said Thursday in an emailed statement.

“Engine speed can be influenced unfavourably by the gearbox software” in the affected cars, which can be made compliant with a software update that takes about 30 minutes, Audi said.

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