The sports car manufacturer Porsche is suspected of having cheated on the consumption of its gasoline engines. The public prosecutor’s office is investigating four people. Taxes may also have been evaded.
The Stuttgart public prosecutor’s office has also started investigations into gasoline vehicles with a view to possible exhaust gas manipulation by the sports car manufacturer Porsche. Proceedings have been initiated in the matter, said a law enforcement spokesman on Thursday.
There is a suspicion that buyers of Porsche cars were misled about the actual consumption of the purchased vehicles because the certification of the cars had previously been tampered with. Tax evasion could also have occurred “in indirect perpetration”.
The reason for this is that the amount of the vehicle tax also depends on the CO2 emissions of a vehicle. If this is incorrectly reported, a lower tax will be calculated.
Porsche also investigated internally for suspected manipulation
According to the public prosecutor’s office, the allegations relate to the years 2007 to 2017. The investigation will not be carried out against Porsche itself, but against four people – against whom, the spokesman for the authorities did not say. A Porsche spokesman said on request that they were aware of the investigation. From corporate circles it was said that there was no current board member among the four accused. The “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” had previously reported on the investigation.
Just this week, the “Business Insider” wrote, referring to internal Porsche investigations, that the carmaker himself had suspected that gasoline-powered vehicles had been tricked to reduce carbon dioxide emissions during tests.
Accordingly, employees confirmed to the in-house revision department that Porsche had used special gears in the transmission of test vehicles – different from those used in series production. This could have resulted in emissions tests showing lower fuel consumption than ultimately on the road.
Porsche had announced: “The present constellation may have occurred in individual cases. However, based on the information available, the facts are very far in the past.”