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Emissions fraud: raid on Volkswagen and Continental

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The public prosecutor and police searched various locations at Volkswagen and the automotive supplier Continental today. This is in connection with investigations into the shutdown systems used by Volkswagen in the exhaust gas cleaning of a diesel engine, the car supplier said in Hanover. Volkswagen also confirmed the raid.

According to Continental, the investigators came to Hanover, Frankfurt and Regensburg, among others. The company works “in full with the authorities”. Continental did not comment on the state of the proceedings.

Continental, however, confirmed its position from previous tests: “We have not supplied any of our customers with software for the purpose of manipulating emissions test values.” Rather, the “emission limit values ​​applicable in the respective period could have been basically adhered to”.

The exhaust gas affair at Volkswagen was exposed in September 2015. The automaker had installed manipulated exhaust gas purification systems in diesel vehicles in the USA, which showed significantly lower nitrogen oxide emissions in test operations than those that actually occurred on the road. The question later arose as to whether suppliers such as Bosch or ZF might also have been privy to the intent to deceive. You deny this.

In January, the Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi was also suspected of cheating diesel buyers with illegal shutdown devices. During a raid in four federal states, investigators searched the business premises of the German Mitsubishi subsidiary, a subsidiary and two large suppliers. Continental employees were listed as witnesses in the process.


Mid-September 2015: The US environmental protection agency EPA accuses the Volkswagen Group of having equipped diesel cars from the years of construction 2009 to 2015 with software that tricks out the tests for US environmental regulations. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has come to similar research results. Both authorities send complaints to VW. (Pictured: EPA headquarters in Washington D.C.)
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