Audi Raided By Germany In Volkswagen Investigation

The raids were part of an investigation into the sale of approximately 80,000 Audi diesel vehicles sold in the USA between 2009 and 2015 that authorities suspected were outfitted with devices that enabled the company to cheat on emissions tests, Munich prosecutors said.

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.

Investigators are probing whether engineers and executives at Audi, the luxury auto maker owned by Volkswagen, were involved in carrying out or covering up the plot by management at parent-company Volkswagen to rig almost 11 million diesel cars world-wide to cheat on emissions tests.

German prosecutors have raided Audi and VW sites as part of a probe into the manipulation of United States emissions tests.

Diesel engines in some VW group cars were fitted with software that detected when the vehicle was being tested and turned the emissions controls on.

Volkswagen's headquarters in Wolfsburg were not spared of the search, and investigators also checked six other unspecified facilities.

Sales in European markets are not part of the investigation, the prosecutor's office said in a statement. "We will keep at it until this work is done".

This is the first raid of Audi since VW's diesel scandal broke out in 2015.

Audi's two biggest plants were searched by German prosecutors today while its chief exec was announcing the vehicle giant's earnings at its annual press conference today.

Peter Mertens, senior vice president for r&d at Volvo Car Corp., will take up his position as head of technical development at Audi on May 1, the CEO said, replacing former r&d boss Stefan Knirsch, who left the manufacturer in connection with the emissions scandal.

"There is still a long way to go before (dieselgate) is finally cleared up", Stadler told journalists at the firm's annual results press conference today. However, he admitted that the scandal was " far from over". Protecting profit at Audi, its biggest earnings contributor, is key for VW Group as it spends money on fixing as many as 11 million rigged diesel cars while maintaining financial firepower to develop electric models and new digital services.

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