VW investigating whether newer motor had trick software

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Posted: Oct 22, 2015 10:24 AM
VW investigating whether newer motor had trick software

BERLIN (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen said Thursday it is trying to determine whether a newer diesel engine may also have been fitted with software that was used to cheat on U.S. emissions tests.

The company said after the emissions-rigging scandal became public last month that the software was installed on cars with variants of the EA 189 diesel engine built to the "Euro 5" emissions standard.

The company is now looking at cars with the EA 288 diesel engine and that same emissions standard, Volkswagen spokesman Pietro Zollino said. Vehicles with that engine built to the newer "Euro 6" standard are not affected, he added.

He said 70,000 cars in the U.S. with the early version of the EA 288 engine — including certain Golf models, the Beetle, Jetta, Passat and Audi A3, all from 2015 — are among the 482,000 vehicles which have been identified in the U.S. as containing the suspect software.