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Dieselgate: Porsche recalls 60,000 cars due to illegal emission measurement software

Affected models and engines, numbers of cars, investigation of managers, arresting the head of powertrain development...
June 5, 2018 | 07:38pm CEToriginal

FRANKFURT/STUTTGART/HAMBURG (CTK, Autofox) – German carmaker Porsche recalls around 60,000 Cayenne and Macan diesel cars around the world. It was ordered by the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA). According to its findings, these cars are equipped with an illegal emission measurement device that artificially reduces the measured volume of harmful gases during testing. KBA's findings were confirmed by the German Ministry of Transport on May 18.

According to the ministry, the recall covers 6,775 Cayenne cars with the V8 4.2 TDI engine, including 3,954 in Germany, and 52,831 Macan cars equipped with the V6 3.0 TDI engine, including 15,180 in Germany. Both models meet the new Euro 6 emission standard. Only regarding the Macan, inspectors discovered five illegal devices that ensure that exhaust gas purification works only in the laboratory, the DPA quotes the findings of the weekly Der Spiegel and radio stations Bayerischer Rundfunk.

Already in July 2017, KBA ordered the mandatory recall of 21,500 Cayenne diesel cars with the V6 3.0 TDI engine. Diesel engines in the cars come from Audi.

The German prosecutor's office on April 18, in connection with the Volkswagen emission scandal, raided the offices of Porsche and Audi. At the same time, the prosecutor's office announced that it was investigating three current and former Porsche AG executives, including a board member. The employees are suspected of fraud and misleading advertising.

Reuters, referring to an informed source, said on April 20 that the German police had arrested the head of the Porsche powertrain development in connection with the Volkswagen Group's emission scandal. Porsche's spokesman declined to comment then.
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