“Prosecutors start looking at Porsche”
German prosecutors have expanded their investigations over diesel emissions fraud to sports car manufacturer Porsche, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. The luxury brand subsidiary of Germany’s largest carmaker VW has so far not been in the focus of the scandal that broke in late 2015. But prosecutors have now formally announced “an initial suspicion” that Porsche could be guilty of fraud and illicit advertising, the article says. Porsche said it took the investigations “very seriously” and would do “anything” for a comprehensive clarification of the allegations. Porsche has not used diesel engines in its cars for many years but started buying them from fellow VW subsidiary Audi for use in the successful SUV model Porsche Cayenne, the article says.
See the CLEW dossier The Energiewende and German carmakers for background.