FRANKFURT Dec 8 Germany is investigating
whether Volkswagen's (VW) 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
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.
Porsche was not immediately available for comment.
VW admitted in September 2015 to using illegal
"defeat device" software in the United States to disguise the
true level of toxic emissions from diesel engines, sparking the
biggest business crisis in its history.
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.
(Reporting by Jan Schwartz and Edward Taylor; Editing by Mark