Fiat Chrysler and Iveco offices on the continent have been searched as part of a probe into suspected illegal manipulation of diesel emissions.
Eurojust, an EU agency that supports cross-border judicial and investigative co-operation, said investigators went to offices in Germany, Switzerland and Italy, but it didn’t give the makes and models of vehicles concerned.
German judicial authorities are conducting an in-depth probe into the suspected manipulation on 200,000 vehicles by the car maker and truck maker as well as their subsidiaries.
It focuses on vehicles that can pass emissions testing but then shut down their emissions control systems in real driving conditions.
Frankfurt police have asked buyers to contact them, citing Fiat, Jeep, Alfa Romeo and Iveco models manufactured from 2014 to 2019 that have Euro 5 and Euro 6 diesel standards, with 1.3, 1.6, 2.0 and 2.3-litre multi-jet engines and 1.6, 2.0, 2.3 and 3.0-litre engines.
Fiat Chrysler and Iveco’s parent company CNH Industrial confirmed that a number of its offices had been searched and that it was giving ‘full co-operation’.
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