Germany’s motor vehicle authority, the KBA (Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt) is investigating Porsche for possibly having tampered with results of emissions tests of its gasoline engines.
A spokesperson for the KBA said today that the inquiry is looking into emissions tests carried out on Porsche’s gasoline engines produced for the European market prior to the 2017 year.
On Sunday, Porsche confirmed reports that it had informed authorities that an internal investigation had uncovered irregularities in the reporting of test results.
Recall that last year, German authorities had slapped Porsche with $535 million Euros (or $632 million USD) in fines for oversight failures that had allowed for falsified emissions tests reports to do with its diesel engines; this has yet to be proven when it comes to Porsche’s gasoline engines.
A Porsche spokesperson said on Sunday that the test reporting problems concerned vehicles developed several years ago, adding that there was nothing to indicate that current models are affected, or their data being called into question. The automaker is, the spokesperson assured, working closely with German authorities.
The Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported that the investigation is focusing on results for engines produced between 2008 and 2013, including those used in the Panamera sedan and the 911 sport model. It’s alleged that illegal changes were made to materials and to software to affect the exhaust systems and engine components.
The newspaper reported furthermore that, in addition to employees being interviewed, additional evidence is being sought in the minutes of meetings of the company’s top brass, and in emails counting in the hundreds of thousands.