Following a software problem of the eCall function discovered during a quality control on the new VW Golf 8, the problem was also noted on the new Skoda Octavia, resulting in a temporary suspension of deliveries. The new Audi A3 is under investigation to find out if it is also affected by this software bug, which could lead to delivery delays.
Bug of eCall function at VW and Skoda
With the sharing of platforms within the Volkswagen group, if a problem appears with one model of one brand, it can also affect other models of other brands. This is particularly the case for the new Golf and Octavia sharing the same MQB Evo platform.
Technology is very present in new cars with a large number of computers driving new features, making traveling on board more pleasant.
ECUs (computers) are developed and manufactured by automotive suppliers. Often, the bugs are minimal, but sometimes this requires large reminders or even a stop in deliveries in order to limit subsequent reminders in dealerships.
This latter situation is currently underway within the Volkswagen Group. The emergency call function, which has been mandatory on all new cars for several years, does not comply with the specifications of the German giant which can prevent its proper functioning in the event of an emergency.
Investigations on the Audi A3 8Y
The 4th generation Audi A3 could be affected by this software problem, as reported by the German newspaper Automobilwoche. The Seat Leon is also controlled because it could have the same problem, using the same platform.
According to a VW spokesperson, a patch is under development and should be ready for a software update by mid-June 2020.
To date, deliveries to customers have been delayed while production continues normally. The software patches will be applied to the cars produced which are currently stored. Deliveries to customers can then take place.