Diesel probe ex­pands to Porsche staff

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM - — The As­so­ci­ated Press

BER­LIN — Ger­man pros­e­cu­tors say they’ve opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into em­ploy­ees of Porsche, which is a unit of Volk­swa­gen AG, and an Amer­i­can sub­sidiary over the pos­si­ble ma­nip­u­la­tion of diesel emis­sions.

Stuttgart pros­e­cu­tors said Mon­day they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing sus­pi­cions of fraud and mak­ing false claims. They said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is against per­sons un­known who were em­ployed by Porsche and a U.S. unit which it did not iden­tify.

Pros­e­cu­tors else­where in Germany are in­ves­ti­gat­ing re­ports of wrong­do­ing at Volk­swa­gen and Audi, an­other of the Ger­man au­tomaker’s units.

Volk­swa­gen has ac­knowl­edged equip­ping about 11 mil­lion cars world­wide with soft­ware that sensed when cars were on test stands and turned emis­sion con­trols up, then turned the con­trols off dur­ing ev­ery­day driv­ing to im­prove per­for­mance.

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