Duplicate IDs

Audi uncorks a VIN mystery

One VIN for multiple cars. Picture source: Reuters

To the litany of woes now facing the management of German carmaker Audi, you can add this mystery: prosecutors have turned up documents suggesting that thousands of Audis exported to China, Korea or Japan may have the same vehicle identification number.

This discovery, according to sources at the state prosecutor’s office in Munich, was made as investigators searched Audi corporate files for documents related to the dieselgate scandal. The raid in March came after the Transport Ministry accused Audi of cheating on emissions tests for 24,000 late model Audi A7 and A8 diesel vehicles, the company’s most luxurious products.

Audi later recalled the cars from all over Europe and upgraded their software to lower the amount of nitrogen oxide in their exhaust fumes, a major concern in German cities, where courts have ruled that local governments can consider banning diesel cars from the road on polluted days.

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