Dieselgate continues with Porsche, Audi office raids

Andrew Cummings
April 19, 2018

Three people including a Porsche management board member, a Porsche senior manager and a former Porsche employee have come under suspicion following a raid by German public prosecutors at 10 Porsche properties, according to German publication Handelsblatt.

German prosecutors are investigating current and former employees of Volkswagen-owned sports auto maker Porsche, including a management board member, as part of their inquiries into emissions manipulations, they said on Wednesday.

The trio, whose identities have not been revealed, are under investigation for suspected fraud and false advertising in relation to diesel emissions cheating and manipulation of exhaust data in Porsche vehicles.

Earlier this year the Volkswagen investigation was widened to include fellow VW Group brand Audi.

Reacting to the incident on Wednesday, a Porsche spokesperson said investigators had examined and secured documents at corporate premises. Audi AG and Porsche AG are co-operating fully with the investigating authorities.

The raids come just days after Volkswagen initiated an enormous restructuring that included replacing its chief executive, Matthias Müller, and promoting Oliver Blume, the head of Porsche, to Volkswagen Group's management board.

A spokesman for Porsche confirmed the searches, but declined to provide further details.

The move is a part of a probe into three unnamed individuals who are now being investigated over their suspected involvement in fraud and false advertising. Two searches were also carried out this week at Audi's facilities in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm. The company recently appointed a new CEO, Herbert Diess, who wasn't at the company during the emissions avoidance measures were being implemented.

Luxury auto maker BMW and Mercedes-owned Daimler have both had their offices raided by investigators searching for evidence of possible cheating.

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