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Oops, they stepped again. VW says Audi cars can distort emissions tests
It isn’t diesels this time. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) discovered a software cheat in an older Audi car with an automatic transmission during the summer. Audi’s parent company Volkswagen Group confirmed the software could produce inaccurate results during emissions testing, Reuters reports.

After two German publications, Bild am Sonntag and Sueddeutsch Zeitung, wrote about the software in the past week, VW responded to Sueddeutsch Zeitung’s Saturday article by email on Sunday, stating, “Adaptive shift programs can lead to incorrect and non-reproducible results” during testing.

CARB found that when the software detected that the steering wheel was not turned as it would be in normal driving it would lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. So in emissions testing when the car wasn’t being steered the results would be different than when the car was driven on the road. Bild wrote that the software had been used in Audi automobiles with automatic transmissions in Europe for years.

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