Swedish Prosecutors Launch Probe Into Volkswagen Emissions

The investigation will focus on preliminary charges of fraud and using false documents.

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Swedish prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation related to the emissions scandal at German automaker Volkswagen.

Anti-corruption prosecutor, Alf Johansson, on Tuesday said, the investigation focuses on preliminary charges of fraud and using false documents. If found guilty, Volkswagen could face corporate fines.

The company first acknowledged in September that it used certain softwares to cheat on diesel emissions tests in the US. The software minimised emissions in its diesel cars in pollution tests when in fact the cars emitted much more pollutants.

Alf Johansson said that the investigation will be focussed on the SUVs sold between 2009 to 2015, as well as some recent diesel models sold by the VW-owned Audi and Porsche brands.

Worldwide, the company says, the cheating software was included in more than 11 million vehicles.

The Swedish prosecutors say Volkswagen’s Swedish branch has said it will cooperate in the investigation.

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