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German Prosecutors Raid Audi's Offices And Facilities, Dieselgate To Blame

German Prosecutors Raid Audi's Offices And Facilities, Dieselgate To Blame

BERLIN-German police raided the offices and homes of Audi AG (NSU.XE) executives in two southern German cities in connection with a criminal investigation of the company in the wake of Volkswagen AG's (VOW.XE) diesel emissions-cheating scandal, Audi said on Wednesday.

The Bavarian authorities have launched an investigation into the claims.

Volkswagen has admitted it equipped diesel engines with software that detected when the vehicle was being tested and turned the emissions controls off during everyday driving.

"With these search orders we aim to clarify in particular who was involved in deploying the technology concerned and in the provision of false information to third parties", the Munich prosecutor's office said in a statement on Wednesday.

As Automotive News remarks, this raid coincided with the day when Rupert Stadler, the CEO of Audi, was presenting the annual earnings report during a major press conference.

The search included VW's Wolfsburg headquarters, along with Audi's Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm factories and six other unspecified sites, the group said.


Audi's supervisory board last month expressed its support for Stadler, who has run the division since 2007, despite criticism of his handling of the scandal.

"There is suspicion that devices were built into these vehicles to manipulate emissions readings and conform to United States emissions limits, without..."

Prosecutors from three German states said the raids were in connection to some 80,000 V6 3.0-litre diesel cars sold in the USA between 2009 and 2015, whose buyers were unaware of the emissions scandal.

"The path towards clearing up (the emissions scandal) is far from over", Stadler said on Wednesday at the carmaker's earnings press conference.

The group reported a 37 percent drop in operating profit to 3.1 billion euros for 2016, reducing its return on sales to 5.1 percent from 8.3 percent a year earlier.

Audi was responsible for designing and manufacturing some of the engines that enabled the Volkswagen to cheat on emissions tests.


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