Audi Emissions Cheating

DEFENDANT NAME: Audi of America, LLC. and Audi AG
CASE NUMBER: 1:16-cv-10456
COURT: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division
STATUS: Active
DATE FILED: 11/08/16

Own a gasoline Audi 3.0-liter vehicle with automatic transmission?

Audi installed an emissions-cheating device in your vehicle.

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Affected vehicles

According to our investigation, affected models are those with 3.0-liter gasoline engines and automatic transmission, including the Audi A6, Audi A8 and Audi Q5, Audi Q7, among many others.

This newly uncovered emissions-cheating device is separate and different from the illegal software in Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche diesel vehicles discovered by regulators in 2015, which turns off diesel emissions controls. The new defeat device is installed in gasoline engines and changes how the transmission operates when testing is detected to lower CO2 emissions, but otherwise allows excessive CO2 emissions in normal, on-road driving.

Emissions-Cheating Device Explained

In November 2016, government regulators discovered an emissions-cheating device installed in Audi gasoline vehicles with 3.0-liter engines and automatic transmissions. This new device allowed Audi to conceal the actual level of greenhouse CO2 emissions its cars produce.

According to reports, the emissions-cheating device affects the vehicle's automatic transmission. When the vehicle is in operation, but the steering wheel input does not exceed a 15 degree change in wheel angle, the device senses that the vehicle is being tested in laboratory or smog-check center conditions. The device then changes the way the transmission shifts, decreasing power and acceleration, but causing the engine to produce less carbon dioxide than it does in normal, on-road conditions. When the software detects that the front wheels are turned more than 15 degrees, the emissions-cheating software returns the transmission to its normal operating mode, which increases power and acceleration, but reduces fuel efficiency and increases CO2 greenhouse gas emissions.

Your consumer rights

Hagens Berman believes that consumers have the right to reimbursement for the premium price they paid for what they thought was an environmentally friendly luxury automobile. According to the firm's investigation, Audi charged consumers high prices for vehicles that it claimed were efficient, environmentally friendly and in compliance with state and federal emissions regulations. Those claims now appear to be false.


Hagens Berman is one of the most successful auto litigation law firms in the U.S. and is presently leading nationwide cases against Volkswagen, GM, Mercedes and Fiat Chrysler for use of diesel emissions-cheating software. Our firm’s independent research outpaces even government agencies, and we are the only firm dedicating its own resources to uncovering new instances of fraud. Hagens Berman has also taken on other automakers on behalf of consumers throughout the United States for safety defects and negligence, and your claim will be handled by attorneys experienced in automotive consumer law.


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05/10/17: Case Update

The Audi 3.0-liter gas emissions case is currently in the organization stage. There have not been any substantial events yet, but the parties have filed a status report with the court this week.

Hagens Berman's legal team will continue to update affected owners as the case progresses.