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Germany to test Porsche emissions

dpa logodpa 13/06/2017

Germany's Motor Transport Authority says it will test Porsche's Cayenne model to see if the car is compliant with emissions standards.

Porsche has become the latest Volkswagen subsidiary to become entwined in the emissions scandal, after Germany's Motor Transport Authority said it will test the company's Cayenne model.

Porsche refused to comment on the announcement, saying it had not yet been officially informed of it.

The move came shortly after news magazine Der Spiegel reported that the Cayenne had emitted unusually high levels of nitrogen oxide in testing by certification authority TUV Nord.

According to Spiegel information, the car is fitted with emissions-cheating software disguised as a "warm-up mode".

Porsche told Spiegel the tests were "implausible" and said its own tests showed that the car was compliant with emissions standards.

Until now Porsche has only been a small player in VW's emissions scandal, which has cost the carmaker billions of dollars in compensation and buy-backs.

In Germany, the luxury carmaker's Macan model is part of a voluntary recall of 630,000 vehicles over which there are official doubts over their emissions. There is no suggestion however that they have any illegal software fitted.

Earlier this month German prosecutors announced they were expanding their investigation to VW-owned Audi, which had previously been focussed on vehicles in the United States.

Authorities said that Audi had installed equipment aimed at manipulating emissions tests in a total of about 24,000 cars in Germany and Europe.

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