Published: Thu, March 23, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Dieselgate: Renault in trouble, search warrants for Audi and VW

Dieselgate: Renault in trouble, search warrants for Audi and VW

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

Audi spokesman Moritz Drechsel said that the raids were focused on the company headquarters in the Bavarian city of Ingolstadt and at its plant in Neckarsulm in the neighboring state of Baden-Wuerttemberg.

The searches were carried out in order to identify those involved in installing the devices that cheated the diesel tests, Munich prosecutors said.

In the USA, the emissions scandal has cost the automaker almost $25 billion in fines and penalties. At the same time they clarified the sales in European markets are not part of the investigation.

Audi took a almost $2 billion hit from the emissions scandal and airbag recall.

Audi later confirmed the raids, saying in a statement that it would "fully cooperate" with the authorities. Audi Chief Executive Rupert Stadler opened the brand's annual press conference with an admission: "The diesel crisis has not yet been overcome".

In the 18 months since VW acknowledged that it rigged the motors, prosecutors have conducted other raids at other VW offices in Germany.

Stadler said his private home was not searched in the raid. In September 2015, the entire scandal came to light, with repercussions until this day.

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.

Audi, Volkswagen's biggest profit maker, is critical for Volkswagen, as the auto giant seeks to absorb 22.6 billion euros in scandal damages. The carmaker also recorded costs of 162 million euro for the recall of cars fitted with airbags made by the Japanese firm Takata.

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