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Audi confirms defective cars at Bratislava plant

CARMAKER Audi has confirmed reports of defects in cars assembled at the Volkswagen plant in Bratislava. The defects were detected in the cars' engines, which are produced at the Audi Motor plant in Györ, Hungary.

The daily Hospodárske Noviny wrote on November 3 that many Audi Q7 and Volkswagen Touareg models had been withdrawn from circulation and parked at the plant.

Audi spokesman Andreas Meurer said that the defects affected the crankshafts in about 2,000 V8 FSI engines.

However, management at the Volkswagen plant in Bratislava denied having any problems with the engines, while the German headquarters of Volkswagen has not addressed the issue.

Meurer said that no defective Audi cars had been released into the distribution network, and that they were all now waiting for the problem to be repaired.

"We will check all of them and we will send them back to production," Meurer said.

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