German police carried out several home searches with 180 detectives in eight locations in Germany and Luxembourg. The aim was to prove that Kia and Hyundai also used illegal software in versions with diesel engines.
The Koreans are suspected of installing illegal equipment in diesel structures, a German newspaper reports pictures† The Frankfurt Public Prosecutor’s Office was searched for auto repair offices in Frankfurt and Offenbach, among other things. Meanwhile, the raid was also carried out on a car dealer Borg-Warner.
‘Over 210,000 diesel players’
The South Korean car manufacturer is said to be putting more than 210,000 diesel cars on the market by 2020, which, according to a German court, will have the equipment to illegally fail, the prosecutor said. According to the Frankfurt prosecutor’s office, this applies to all Hyundai and Kia models with 1.1, 1.4, 1.6, 1.7, 2.0 and 2.2 liter diesel engines.
‘Distributor involved in scandal’
The engine control software used is said to come from Bosch and the then distributor Delphi. Delphi later became part of the Borg-Warner faction, which is why the invasion was carried out here as well. Engine control would ensure that exhaust gas cleaning is turned off or reduced in most everyday situations.
Hyundai said in a statement that it fully supports the investigation. Hyundai’s Dutch price lists no longer have cars with diesel engines. Kia has only Ceed diesel on the price list, but according to a Dutch spokesman they no longer sell ‘one’.
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