hiddenDec 09, 2016 13:16:47 IST
Germany is investigating whether Volkswagen's sportscar brand Porsche used software to disguise exhaust emissions, the country's car industry regulator said on Thursday, in a fresh blow to VW's attempts to move on from a 15 month-old scandal.
Germany's Motor Transport Authority, KBA, said it was examining software that can measure the angle of a car's steering wheel. At stake is whether Porsche used software to detect whether its cars were being subjected to laboratory tests, using this information to switch to a less polluting emissions pattern than would occur under normal driving conditions.
It has agreed a multi-billion dollar settlement with U.S. authorities and is spending billions more to refit vehicles and speed up development of electric cars. The KBA is already conducting a similar investigation into VW's Audi brand, which supplies engines to Porsche.
Germany's WirtschaftsWoche was first to report on Thursday that Porsche was being subjected to a probe. This comes right after EU's announcement to start legal proceedings against Germany, UK and five other member states regarding the scandal.
With inputs from Reuters
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