Hyundai, Kia offices raided by German authorities – report

Raymond S. Hughes

German prosecutors allege more than 200,000 cars from Hyundai and Kia could be fitted with emissions defeating devices, following raids at eight locations.

Hyundai Motor Group is the latest car company under investigation by European authorities, following allegations the company may have used devices designed to defeat emissions testing equipment.

Prosecutors in Frankfurt have confirmed eight locations in Germany and Luxembourg belonging to Hyundai and Kia have been raided, according to a report from Reuters.

It’s understood the Korean carmaker used engine software management sourced from Bosch and Delphi – two of the largest original equipment manufacturers in the industry – in more than 200,000 diesel vehicles.

It’s alleged these cars may have been fitted with illegal defeat devices, which could potentially produce lower emissions within a lab environment.

A spokesperson for Hyundai Motor Group’s European arm has confirmed the company is cooperating with authorities as the investigation continues.

Hyundai is the latest carmaker to be named in the ongoing ‘Dieselgate’ saga, which began in 2015 when Volkswagen Group admitted to deliberately cheating emissions tests using specially-developed software.

Volkswagen’s actions resulted in multiple prosecutions and billions of dollars in fines issued by countries across the world.

Mercedes-Benz, Stellantis, Jeep, and Suzuki are among a number of carmakers targeted by authorities in Europe in the years since.

Ben Zachariah

Ben Zachariah is an experienced writer and motoring journalist from Melbourne, having worked in the automotive industry for more than 15 years. Ben was previously an interstate truck driver and completed his MBA in Finance in early 2021. He is considered an expert in the area of classic car investment.

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