German Diesel Probe Goes Deep With Porsche
The investigative parade continues in Germany. Prosecutors investigating Volkswagen Group’s diesel-emissions scandal have now turned their attention to Porsche. Roughly 10 facilities owned by the automaker in Bavaria and Baden-Wuerttemberg were searched by around 160 investigators.
Stuttgart-based prosecutors claimed to be interested in three specific individuals suspected of fraud and fraudulent advertising as it relates to the manipulated emissions-control systems of diesel passenger cars. The office clarified that Porsche CEO Oliver Blume was not among them, however.
“The three suspects include a member of the management board and a member of Porsche AG’s higher management. The third suspect is no longer employed at Porsche AG,” it explained in a statement to Reuters on Wednesday.
While the probes into VW Group have been relentless, it’s unclear what good they are doing. After being subjected to earlier searches Audi was investigated again in 2018 for its potential contribution to the emission scandal. The automaker had developed the 3.0-liter used on some 80,000 VW, Audi, and Porsche models equipped with illegal software intended to fool emissions testing equipment.
Stuttgart prosecutors and a spokesman from the company noted that two Audi were also searched on Wednesday. The raids took place in facilities at Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm, according to the carmaker.
We’re sure this won’t be the last probe into Volkswagen Group. German officials have been conducting raids sporadically since 2016 and Volkswagen Group seems to get hit every couple of months. Meanwhile, prosecutors have launched a similar investigations in the general direction of BMW after it recalled 11,700 cars to fix engine management software it said was programmed incorrectly. Officials are worried those may have been outfitted with defeat devices.
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