German weekly says company launched investigation of possible illegal changes
Porsche has notified German and US authorities
Yet another potential emissions scandal is looming as a new report says Porsche has launched an internal investigation into possible illegal changes to hardware and software that could affect exhaust and engine systems, says a new report.
The investigation is focused on, said German weekly Bild am Sonntag (via Reuters), engines developed between 2008 and 2013, including those installed in the Panamera and 911. The paper said that hundreds of thousands of emails were being examined, in addition to discussions with employees and reviewing meeting protocols.
Porsche has informed the KBA, Germany’s automotive watchdog, and has also informed U.S. authorities, the report said.
“Porsche is regularly and continuously reviewing technical and regulatory aspects of its vehicles,” a Porsche spokesperson said. “As part of such internal examinations Porsche has identified issues and has, just like in the past, proactively informed authorities.”
The spokesperson added that there are no indications that any current production vehicles were affected and that the automaker was working closely with authorities. The report did not include any information as to what, specifically, Porsche was investigating at this time.
Porsche was previously involved in the Volkswagen Group emissions scandal known as dieselgate, which came to light in 2015 when authorities learned certain group vehicles had modified emissions software that performed differently in testing than on the road. The automaker spent billions in fines, penalties, and settlements to resolve the scandal.