Emissions Scandal - German police raid Porsche execs in diesel probe

Emissions Scandal - German police raid Porsche execs in diesel probe

Emissions Scandal - German police raid Porsche execs in diesel probe

Porsche's powertrain chief has reportedly been arrested in connection with the ongoing investigations into the Dieselgate scandal. Prosecutors believed that the exec was a flight risk and took him into custody.

The latest major development in German prosecutors' investigation into Porsche's role in the diesel crisis came in July 2017, when the Stuttgart prosecutors' office stated that Porsche employees, including those working in the USA, were under investigation. While Porsche didn't build these engines and sourced them from Volkswagen Group, these guys allegedly knew that the powerplants didn't meet regulations. There, he worked on the company's transmission and engine electronics. Even though the 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine was only used in about 80,000 of the 11 million cars affected by the recall, it's basically Audi's tech that led VW down this path.

Prosecutors declined to give further details about the Porsche raids, which come less than a week after the Volkswagen group replaced its CEO - former Porsche boss Matthias Mueller - in a bid to turn the page on the "dieselgate" scandal.

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In September of previous year Porsche's R&D boss Wolfgang Hatz was also arrested for his links to the scandal.

Among those being investigated is Michael Steiner, board member and head of development at Porsche, another source said.

Around 10 premises in Bavaria and Baden-Wuerttemberg were searched by around 160 officials, the prosecutor's office in Porsche's home town of Stuttgart said in a statement. "The third suspect is no longer employed at Porsche AG", it said.

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Prosecutors said that "The three accused consist of one member of Porsche's executive board and one senior manager".

Last July, the German Transport Ministry stated that illegal software which hides real levels of emissions had been found in Porsche cars. The searches were at Audi's sites in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm, Audi said.

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