May 8, 2018 / 10:53 AM / in 8 months

Germany probing Audi for new emissions device - Der Spiegel

An Audi logo is pictured during the Volkswagen Group's annual general meeting in Berlin, Germany, May 3, 2018. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German motor vehicle authority KBA is probing premium auto maker Audi to see whether its diesel-engined A6/A7 models have been fitted with a previously unkown defeat device, German weekly Der Spiegel said on Tuesday.

In Germany around 30,000 vehicles diesel vehicles conforming to the Euro 6 emission standard may have been fitted with an illegal software emissions device, Spiegel said.

“The KBA has requested a hearing on suspicion the Audi V6TDI A6/A7 models have been fitted with an illegal defeat device,” Spiegel cited a spokesman for Germany’s Transport Ministry as saying.

Audi and Germany’s Transport Ministry were not immediately available for comment.

Reporting by Edward Taylor; Additional reporting by Irene Preisinger and Madeline Chambers; Editing by Maria Sheahan

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