San francisco. October 2016 – volkswagen is making progress in dealing with the emissions affair, but the group’s subsidiary audi is coming under increasing prere. The approximately 85.000 cars running banned software, according to U.S. Authorities, have three-liter diesels from ingolstadt. Here, too, it comes down to an expensive comparison – similar to the smaller two-liter engines designed by volkswagen. So far, however, audi’s successes in crisis management have been limited. This could still lead to trouble with the U.S. Judiciary – and to internal tensions within the company.
A first foretaste was available in black and white on thursday with the latest balance sheet figures: audi cut its expectation for return on sales because of provisions for the diesel crisis and for the scandal over defective takata airbags.
Audi estimates the additional charges at 620 million euros. Thus volkswagens most important profit-maker also cashes in the forecast for the year. Operating profit as a percentage of sales will now probably be "well below the target corridor of 8 to 10 percent". Spatestens so it is now official: audi also spurt the consequences of the emissions fraud.
What can audi present?
The next stage is the question of how the vehicles, which are illegal under U.S. Law, can be converted to a legally compliant state or removed from circulation. This will be heard in court on. November in court. The patience of the responsible US judge charles breyer, with whom hundreds of civil lawsuits are bundled, is strained. The fact that the cars are still on the road, even though they violate U.S. Environmental law, he called "unacceptable" as early as august.
Breyer ordered an ultimatum for audi at the time – on monday, the manufacturer had to submit new reengineering plans to U.S. Environmental regulators. According to a spokesman, the documents were submitted on time. The parties have agreed not to disclose the contents of the documents until the hearing.
Audi is confident that it will then be able to present an amicable solution. But the matter is highly complicated, with U.S. Regulators wrestling for months now. The last proposals were rejected as insufficient in july.