Diesel is beginning to seem like a recurring nightmare for Audi chairman Rupert Stadler and reports out of Germany ensure he’s not going to wake up happy any time soon. Just as the Volkswagen Group gained $25bn worth of breathing space from the Dieselgate emissions-cheating scandal, the German government claims it has found the same "defeat" software device in Audi’s A7 and A8. The government’s car-industry cheating task force claimed 24,000 A7 and A8 models, built from 2009 to 2013, had the cheat in both the V6 and V8 turbodiesel versions. Transport minister Alexander Dobrindt demanded a recall as he announced the findings, setting Audi a deadline of June 12 to finalise a plan to clean up the cars affected in Germany. Audi recalled the cars the same afternoon. The task force also found the alleged cheats on its own, meaning Munich state prosecutors will now have a new channel to investigate Audi, which it publicly raided on the day of its annual results conference in April, even pa...

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