Prosecutors in Germany and France have broadened their investigations into the emissions scandal at Volkswagen.
Authorities in Paris have opened a formal probe into “aggravated fraud” over the use of diesel engine devices that gave misleading emissions results.
And German prosecutors said the number of VW employees now under investigation has increased from six to 17.
VW, which said it is cooperating with all inquiries, had about 11 million cars fitted with the emissions devices.
German car maker Volkswagen has posted its first drop in VW brand sales in 11 years as the company continues to cope with its emissions scandal.
Sales of VW brand cars fell 4.8% in 2015 to 5.82 million cars from 6.12 million a year earlier.
Falling demand in China and US added to the losses as orders fell in December.
VW has promised it will have a fix in the coming weeks for the millions of US cars with defeat devices that disguised emission levels in diesel cars.
Volkswagen’s costly lie has left the giant automaker in crisis. It has also left its customers feeling confused, cheated and steaming mad.
The emissions scandal affects nearly 500,000 diesel Volkswagen and Audi cars in the U.S. alone — and millions more around the world. The scandal came to light when the EPA said Volkswagen had cheated on smog tests.
U.S. regulators have ordered the company to recall the cars at issue. But VW hasn’t done that yet, nor has it said how it will get the cars to comply with the law or how it will compensate customers.
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