Audi salesmen have been lying to everyone
Audi salesmen have been lying to us. ALL OF US. And the company knew and decided to ignore it. We don't know who is worse - Audi salesmen or Audi drivers (truly, the post-millennial version of the BMW asshat).
Audi ignored the warnings that their salesmen have been lying about the safety rating of their cars.
In one instance, Daniel Jenkins said that Audi dealers told him that his luxury R8 model had been given a five star safety rating by the gold standard Euro NCAP programme. Now, seeing as Daniel's father was nearly killed in a 45mph crash while driving the car, he looked into it, finding that the model hadn't even been crash-tested or gone through any Euro NCAP programme.
He got in touch with 50 dealerships about the R8’s safety, and in nearly all cases, was told the same misleading information.
48 out of 50 dealerships, all telling potentially fatal fibs. And Audi's head office promised to look into it, however, tonight, a BBC Watchdog investigation will show that there's more failings for other models at dealerships when they were visited by undercover reporters.
A spokesman said: "Audi UK accepts that this investigation has brought to light a shortfall in its communication procedures where the NCAP safety ratings of its range are concerned. We also acknowledge that we did not adequately address this shortfall when it was brought to our attention by Mr Jenkins, and on both counts we apologise unreservedly."
Jenkins said: "I spent a year of my life proving they were misrepresenting [the cars] in the showroom. For me to notify them and them not to action anything but say they are taking it extremely seriously, that is extremely negligent. That is what annoys me the most."