Berlin says no signs carmakers other than VW manipulated tests
BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) -- The German transportation ministry does not have any evidence that any car companies other than Volkswagen have falsified discharges evaluations, a spokesman said on Friday.
"Only at that stage we don't have any sign of other manufacturing companies being concerned," the spokesman said in a government news conference.
Individually, authorities in France, Italy and Switzerland took actions contrary to the auto-maker on Friday for utilizing a so called "defeat system" in automobiles marketed in the states.
Prosecutors in Paris have started a preliminary inquiry into supposed "aggravated deceit" by Volkswagen, an official in the prosecutor's office told Reuters on Friday.
The transfer contributes to the lawful weight the German car-maker faces after U.S. researchers found that it'd cheated on diesel emissions evaluations.
France's consumer-protection code permits for prison terms of five years along with a fine of 600,000 euros ($669,600) for aggravated deceit, the prosecutor's office mentioned.
French consumer-protection and fraud management authorities have started a independent investigation on whether Volkswagen cheated on discharges concentrating in particular on automobiles applications apparatus.
The outcomes of the probe, which isn't a penal investigation, are anticipated in November or December.
Volkswagen has stated there were 946,092 automobiles in France outfitted with the E A 189 engines impacted by the emissions information exploitation carried out by the firm globally. A total of 1 1 million automobiles are changed worldwide.
Italy's anti trust body has started a probe into potential commercial wrong-doing by VW Team.
"Customers may have mistakenly created their purchase choices on the basis of the discharges claims produced by Volkswagen," the anti-trust watchdog said in a statement on Friday.
It failed to say how long it anticipated its probe to survive.
Volkswagen has stated some 650,000 automobiles sold in Italy taken the applications that was created to cheat diesel-emissions checks.
The Swiss Federal Streets Workplace on Friday issued an initial prohibition on registering new VW Team diesel automobiles that could be outfitted with applications built to cheat discharges evaluations, it stated in a statement.
The bureau additionally prohibited registering just imported used vehicles influenced by the exploitation scandal. Friday's statement doesn't apply to employed VW vehicles currently on the routes in Switzerland.
Up to 129,000 VW Team automobiles registered in Switzerland are influenced by the rigged discharges testing scandal, Volkswagen's Swiss provider AMAG h-AS stated.
AMAG has stopped sales of new VWs influenced by the victimization.
VW Team said Thursday that its probe into rigged diesel engines will likely take months to finish. The group works closely with U.S. law-firm Jones Day-To unravel how applications to cheat diesel-emissions evaluations was produced and installed for years in millions of automobiles, the Wolfsburg-based company said.
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