Prosecutors raid Audi again in diesel emissions probe

Prosecutors and police officers have raided high-end carmaker Audi’s facilities in the German cities of Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm over suspected manipulation of emissions levels in more cars than hitherto acknowledged, reports say. Munich prosecutors and police officers from the southern states of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg searched a number of Audi offices in Ingolstadt, as well as the carmaker’s production facility in Neckarsulm, the Süddeutsche Zeitung daily reported. Eighteen prosecutors and an unspecified number of police took part in the raids. Audi, one of Volkswagen’s 12 brands, confirmed the searches, saying it was fully cooperating with the prosecutors. The report said the raids were carried out because Audi was believed to have manipulated the emissions levels in more than 200,000 cars for both the European and US markets. The raids on Tuesday are the third in a year against the manufacturer.  Volkswagen admitted in September 2015 to fitting 11 million cars sold worldwide with devices designed to make them appear less polluting in regulators’ tests than they were in real driving conditions.