22,000 diesel cars: Suzuki raid – suspected exhaust fraud

22,000 diesel cars
Suzuki raid – suspected exhaust fraud

Years later, the VW diesel scandal is still causing a stir. Now carmaker Suzuki is also suspected of manipulating the exhaust cleaning of tens of thousands of vehicles. Due to suspicion of fraud, raids are being carried out in Germany, among other places.

Investigators searched the business premises of automobile importer Suzuki Germany in Bensheim, southern Hesse. According to the Frankfurt prosecutor’s office, the company is suspected of fraud because it is said to have sold more than 22,000 diesel vehicles with illegal exhaust gas handling facilities.

In addition to Suzuki managers, those responsible for the engine supplier Fiat Chrysler (now Stellantis) and the software supplier Marelli are also suspected. The business premises of the companies involved in Heidelberg, Corbetta (Italy) and Esztergom (Hungary) were also searched in the morning, the prosecutor said. Evidence such as communication data, software and planning documents were sought.

According to the investigators, the technical equipment would have caused a massive reduction or complete stop of the cleaning of the exhaust gases in numerous everyday situations. Large quantities of nitrogen oxides were released into the environment. Affected were the diesels of the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross, Swift and Vitara models. The company initially declined to comment on the investigation.

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