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On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a second notice of violation to Volkswagen, accusing the company of installing software that cheats emissions tests on more cars than previously known.

According to the EPA, not only are the defeat devices on VW’s 2.0-liter TDI engines, they’re also on the company’s larger 3.0-liter diesel engines.

VW denied these allegations.

“Volkswagen AG wishes to emphasize that no software has been installed in the 3-liter, V6 diesel-power units to alter emissions characteristics in a forbidden manner,” the company said in a statement.

In September, VW admitted that it had cheated US emissions standards by installing so-called defeat devices on 2009 to 2015 model-year cars equipped with the 2.0-liter TDI engines.

The admission that VW’s cars were skirting emissions standards triggered a scandal that resulted in the resignation of the company’s chief executive.

VW now faces a recall of as many as 11 million cars worldwide.

“VW has once again failed its obligation to comply with the law that protects clean air for all Americans,” EPA assistant administrator Cynthia Giles told the media after the second notice was issued.

“All companies should be playing by the same rules. EPA, with our state, and federal partners, will continue to investigate these serious matters,” Giles said.

According to the EPA, cars affected by the latest notice of violation include diesel versions of the following:

  • 2014 VW Touareg
  • 2015 Porsche Cayenne
  • 2016 Audi A6 Quattro
  • 2016 Audi A7 Quattro
  • 2016 Audi A8
  • 2016 Audi A8L
  • 2016 Audi Q5

This notice of violation covers 10,000 cars sold between 2014 and 2016.

The EPA indicated that the models featured in the announcement are only the ones that have completed and failed its testing. The cars included on the list emit as much as nine times the legal limit of nitrogen oxide when operated on the road.

The agency said on a press call that its testing is ongoing. As a result, it is possible more models will be added to the list.

This is the second notice of violation the EPA has issued VW. It sent a similar notice to the company in September concerning the discovery of defeat devices on 482,000 2.0-liter TDI-equipped cars.

Later on Monday, Porsche Cars North America also issued a statement:

Late this morning, Porsche Cars North America, Inc. received a notice of violation from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the 2015 Porsche Cayenne Diesel. We are surprised to learn this information. Until this notice, all of our information was that the Porsche Cayenne Diesel is fully compliant.

Porsche Cars North America will cooperate fully with all relevant authorities.

We reached out to VW’s Audi and Porsche units for comment.

As reported by Business Insider