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Public Prosecutor Searches BMW Headquarters

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Public Prosecutor Searches BMW Headquarters
Public Prosecutor Searches BMW Headquarters

The Munich public prosecutor's office searched the BMW headquarters on Tuesday and initiated investigations into suspected fraud in the emission control system. BMW announced in February that around 11,000 diesel cars had been fitted with the wrong exhaust software.

“There is an initial suspicion that BMW AG is using a test stand-related disconnection device,” said the public prosecutor. Around 100 police officers and public prosecutors searched rooms at the company headquarters, the research and innovation center in Munich and the diesel engine plant in Steyr, Austria, said a BMW spokesman.


The raids were "in connection with incorrectly assigned software". The program was developed for the SUV models X5 and X6, but was mistakenly installed on two 5 and 7 models. The exhaust gas purification system no longer works correctly there.

BMW speaks of incorrect software assignment

BMW continues to assume "that the incident is a faulty software assignment and not a targeted manipulation of the exhaust gas cleaning". The 11,400 cars of the M550d xDrive and 750d XDrive models should be recalled after approval by the Federal Motor Transport Authority and equipped with the correct software. The public prosecutor announced that the investigation “is only at the beginning”.

BMW has invited to the annual press conference for Wednesday. There CEO Harald Krüger wants to give an outlook for the current year. BMW has already announced the key figures for the past year. The CEO should also be asked questions about the investigation by the public prosecutor on this occasion. (AG / dpa)

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