Frankfurt prosecutors stated on Wednesday that they are currently carrying out searches in offices as part of an international investigation in potential devices that cheated the number of emissions in engines used in Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Jeep and Iveco vehicles.
The searches are currently ongoing in Germany, Italy and Switzerland, with the focus being on certain individuals at an international automotive company, as well as an international commercial vehicle manufacturer, yet the statement from the prosecutor’s office refused to name these companies.
Software which has the potential to be illegal has been found in the 1.3 litre Multijet and 1.6 litre Multijet engines which are used in Alfa Romeo, Jeep and Fiat engines.
This software is also used in the diesel engines of Iveco and Fiat commercial vehicles, according to the prosecutor.
Whilst these cars manage to pass their pollution tests in a laboratory, certain software was used to switch off the filtering of large parts of exhaust emissions whilst being driven on the road.
The investigation is currently being led by Eurojust, focusing on nine individuals that are currently living in Italy and their activities between 2014 and 2019.
Eurojust is an agency within the European Union that deals with judicial cooperation with regards to criminal matters between agencies of the EU’s member states.