Keller Rohrback Joins EPA in Investigating Audi Gasoline Cheating in A6, A7, A8, Q5, Q7 Vehicles
November 15, 2016
National class action firm Keller Rohrback L.L.P. is investigating claims of emissions cheating in gasoline-powered, automatic transmission Audi A6, A8, and Q5 cars.
Just weeks after Judge Charles Breyer of the Northern District of California granted final approval of a settlement for 2.0 liter vehicles in the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) are investigating alleged cheating in Audi A6, A7, A8, Q5, and Q7 vehicles equipped with certain engines and eight-speed automatic or “tiptronic” transmissions.
Audi and VW have confirmed that government agencies are now investigating whether Audi engineered some of its automatic transmissions to reduce carbon dioxide emissions during lab tests, but to allow higher emissions during normal road use. Recently, Audi has admitted “that during routine testing ‘dynamic shift programs can lead to incorrect readings and results that cannot be reproduced.’”
These Audi vehicles are able to tell when they are on “rolling road” test pads used by regulators to determine CO2 emissions, and activate a fuel saver mode that produces less CO2 and uses less fuel. This mode is deactivated when the cars are driven normally, meaning that they normally pollute more and consume more gas. Attorney Gretchen Freeman Cappio, who is part of the leadership team representing consumers in the VW diesel defeat device litigation states, “After VW and Audi have spent the past year reassuring consumers that their companies can be trusted again, consumers can’t believe that VW and Audi are back in the news for even more emissions cheating scandals. When will VW and Audi finally come clean?”
Keller Rohrback filed one of the first lawsuits against VW related to the diesel defeat device vehicles and has taken a leading role in the MDL litigation that resulted in a 14 billion dollar settlement with VW and Audi for the 2.0 liter diesel vehicles. Keller Rohrback stands ready to represent consumers against Audi once again.
If you or a family member owns or leases any of the affected vehicles described above, or if you are concerned that your vehicle may be affected and have questions, please call attorneys Gretchen Freeman Cappio or Ryan McDevitt at 866.560.4043 or via email at to discuss our investigation and your potential claims against Audi.