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January 21, 2020 12:45 PM, EST

Mitsubishi Facing Diesel Allegations in Germany

Mitsubishi Motors is being investigated for allegations of diesel engines equipped with software that can help it cheat on emissions tests.The Mitsubishi Motors logo is displayed at the company's headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, in October 2019. The company is being investigated in Germany for allegations of emissions tests cheating. (Toru Hanai/Bloomberg News)

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Frankfurt prosecutors are probing Mitsubishi Motors Corp.’s German subsidiary over allegations two of its diesel engines may have been equipped with devices to cheat on emissions tests.

Police and prosecutors on Jan. 21 have been raiding 10 sites across Germany, Nadja Niesen, spokeswoman for Frankfurt prosecutors said in an emailed statement.

Three of the sites raided belong to auto parts supplier Continental AG. The company is a witness in the probe and is cooperating fully, according to an emailed Continental statement.

A spokesman for Mitsubishi in Germany wasn’t immediately available for comment.

The authorities are looking at Mitsubishi’s 1.6-liter and 2.2-liter 4-cylinder Euro 5 and Euro 6 diesel engines and are asking drivers who acquired cars with the motors since 2014 to contact police.

The auto industry has been rattled by allegations that software is being used in diesel engines to cheat on emissions tests. The scandal started almost five years ago when U.S. regulators disclosed they were probing Volkswagen AG over the issue. Since then, investigations have mushroomed across the globe.

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