Audi, Volkswagen Excluded from Ward’s Best Engines Awards

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Audi, Volkswagen Excluded from Ward’s Best Engines Awards

Volkswagen and Audi engines have been suspended from participating in Ward’s annual 10 Best Engines competition until further notice, regardless of whether or not they are the engines affected by the “dieselgate” scandal.

VW group engines, especially its diesels, have often been popular at the awards, and under normal circumstances, its 1.8L turbocharged gasoline four-cylinder would be in the running again this year because it was a winner last year, and winners always get re-entered in the following year’s evaluations. For the 2016 awards, Audi would have submitted its 2.0L turbo four-cylinder gas engine in the new A6 and the A3 e-Tron plug-in hybrid for evaluations.

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“Caught red-handed in a diabolical scheme to write software smart enough to scrub diesel emissions only when regulatory tests were being run on 11 million vehicles dating back several years, the Volkswagen Group has stooped to a new low in the quest for emissions compliance, a competitive edge and consumer appeal,” said Tom Murphy, executive editor of WardsAuto World magazine, in a press release. “It seems only fair to exclude VW and Audi from participating in Ward’s 10 Best Engines until we are convinced the culture of deceit has been purged, fines have been paid and regulators are satisfied.

“And at the same time, like many other industry observers and VW owners, I’m feeling bamboozled,” Murphy added.

If you need a refresher on the latest developments from Volkswagen’s dieselgate scandal, click here.

[Source: Wards]

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  • Flytrap

    So…. Hold a competition, don’t invite the competitors you don’t like and …. What? Give first place to whoever shows up with a product that may or may not be the best. Hmmm…. I guess if you own the net and the ball you dictate who gets to play.

  • craigcole

    This seems a little bit harsh on Ward’s part. I get them excluding VW/Audi diesels; that makes sense, but to banish ALL of their powertrains is harsh.

  • earl

    Diesels …ok, but the rest is just dumb. Did they disallow GM because of ignition switches?
    Now some on the list will not really be top ten but actually 11th or worse?

  • smartacus

    yeah right? reminds me of CNET a couple of years ago choosing the awards for Consumer Electronics 🙂

  • Mark S

    I could understand this better if they had applied some bans to say Ford, Hyundai for there MPG mishaps. Also, what happens if the main engineers behind this years award winners were found to be part of the team back 2007/2008 who work for VW when this diabolical plan was hatched? Wards will have to revoke the award?

  • Hans Warren

    Why don’t they start conclusively testing ALL makes to be sure they are not just passing emissions while not under a load such as driving? I doubt many makes and models would pass that test, and its normal for the software to be running a different sub routine program while not under load. i see big black smoke mostly coming out of domestic diesel pickups while their driving, those particulates are horrible for your health, where are the emissions police for them?

  • Clark

    Good job Wards on including yourself in their bad news. Youre now less significant due to your uber ignorance.