German prosecutors raid VW, Audi offices

German prosecutors raid VW, Audi offices

0 comments 📅16 March 2017, 10:15

As Volkswagen continues to try to put its diesel emissions ignominy behind it, the company has had mixed success. It has agreed to pay penalties and fix or buy back affected vehicles in the US, and has made a hefty push to evolve into a greener, mobility-focused company. The scandal virtuous won’t die, though, and has, in fact, just escalated.

Prosecutors have searched Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg, Germany, headquarters, as wonderfully as Audi offices in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm and even the homes of some Audi executives, Reuters reports.

The raids, which coincided with Audi’s annual earnings hold close conference, are related to 80,000 diesel vehicles with possible emissions con man devices sold in the US between 2009 and 2015. European vehicles aren’t participation of this particular investigation.

“With these search orders, we aim to clarify in precise who was involved in deploying the technology concerned and in the provision of false information to third parties,” the Munich prosecutor’s section says.

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler, who says his residence had not been one of those searched, says he is supporting the perpetual investigation, admitting that the company has a long way to go to recover from the scandal. The Dieselgate outrage, as it has come to be known, broke in September 2015.


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