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Audi offices raided in Dieselgate investigation

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

In the U.S., Volkswagen has agreed to pay a series of settlements with the Federal Trade Commission that could be worth as much as $14 billion.

Audi parent Volkswagen admitted in late 2015 to installing so-called "defeat devices" into 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide, created to reduce emissions of harmful nitrogen oxides when engines were undergoing regulatory tests.

"Prosecutors from Munich and Stuttgart searched offices at our sites in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm", an Audi spokesman confirmed to AFP, adding that "we are cooperating fully with the authorities".

The searches at Audi's headquarters in Ingolstadt are being conducted by about 70 officials, a person familiar with the matter said.

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

The US government and VW have agreed on a so-called statement of facts recently, including accusations that Audi engineers designed a 3.0 liter diesel engine for the American market equipped with a so-called defeat device created to mislead authorities and customers on emissions.

Cars sold in European markets are outside the scope of the investigation, the prosecutor said.

Audi's two biggest plants were searched by German prosecutors today while its chief exec was announcing the auto giant's earnings at its annual press conference today. The source also added that Stadler's home was not one of the homes raided by police. "We will keep at it".

"I have all along supported efforts to clear up the diesel issue at Audi", Stadler told journalists.

Audi boss Rupert Stadler was accused of involvement by a former employee, but the luxury carmaker's board reiterated their conference in him in late February. Millions of cars worldwide had the deceptive software. The four ringed brand's leader also noted that the efforts to recover from the scandal are "far from over".

The prosecutors' probe also adds to Audi's woes as it has been losing ground to Daimler's Mercedes-Benz, which replaced BMW's namesake brand as the world's bestselling premium-car maker previous year. Audi's deliveries in China fell 5.8 percent to 32,155 cars last month.


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