In September 2015, Volkswagen was exposed. The company had lied to emission regulators about how much pollutants its diesel vehicles emitted, and the consequences shook the entire industry. Fast-forward to now, and VW is paying $4.3 billion in fines and compensation, but the real surprise is that Fiat Chrysler might also get swept up into the dieselgate madness.
Earlier this year, Volkswagen settled with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The settlement was for $15 billion, but that was only the beginning of the process. More problems and settlements have crept up since the dieselgate manufacturers bit the bullet on this case.
Audi is the luxury arm of the massive Volkswagen automobile empire, so you would expect it to produce high quality products. Well, the automotive marque got pulled into VW's largest corporate flub-dieselgate. Some of the luxury cars had what the EPA described as "defeat devices," which helped the cars cheat on emissions. Only a few models from Audi were affected, and the subsequent recall and incentives seemed to be repairing the company's reputation... That was until authorities discovered Audi also had its own hidden defeat device in addition to VW's.