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Porsche And Audi Under Fire As EPA’s VW Probe Expands

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Steve Birr Vice Reporter

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that it has expanded its probe into the Volkswagen emission scandal, finding at least six more affected vehicle lines including Audi and Porsche models.

EPA officials said that a number of 2014-2016 models from VW, Audi and Porsche, equipped with 3.0 liter engines, employed defeat devices to trick emission standard tests. EPA Assistant Administrator Cynthia Giles said these vehicles, “emit up to nine times as much NOX as is allowed.”

Porsche was a surprise name on the list as the Volkswagen owned brand denied any involvement in emission cheating in September. Matthias Muller, then head of Porsche was even tapped to replace the embattled Martin Winterkorn as CEO of Volkswagen.

EPA officials were reluctant to answer any specifics on Monday, citing that they are still in talks with Volkswagen and therefore cannot comment on any details at this time. When asked about what penalties the EPA would impose Ms. Giles responded that she could not comment and that the investigation is still ongoing.

Volkswagen was thrown into scandal in September when the EPA uncovered that 11 million VW diesel vehicles were cheating emission tests. The new vehicles in question are the 2014 VW Touareg, the 2014 Porsche Cayenne, the Audi A6, A7 and A8 Quattro and the 2016 Audi Q5. The new revelation will affect up to 10,000 vehicles, reports Fox News.  Facing fines and mass recalls, the scandal could cost Volkswagen over $30 billion.

In an EPA statement Monday, Ms. Giles said, “VW has once again failed its obligation to comply with the law that protects clean air for all Americans.”

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