Magyar Suzuki confirms diesel probe

The local unit of Japanese car maker Suzuki has confirmed that an investigation related to vehicles with diesel engines it produced earlier is underway, business daily Vilaggazdasag said on Thursday.

“We confirm that an investigation with regard to diesel vehicles produced earlier by Magyar Suzuki is underway. Our company is currently being informed in the matter and is cooperating in all areas with foreign and Hungarian authorities,” the unit told Vilaggazdasag.

“We wish to stress that Magyar Suzuki complies with regulations in force in all circumstances and operates in line with those regulations,” it added.

Magyar Suzuki said it “can share no further information on an ongoing matter”.

Reuters reported on Wednesday that prosecutors from Germany, Italy and Hungary have conducted searches related to the use of illegal defeat devices that provide rigged emissions readings to comply with European Union regulations in Suzuki diesel vehicles.

Reuters cited a statement by German prosecutors that their probe concerns Suzuki, Stellantis, which supplied the Japanese carmaker with diesel engines, and Japanese auto parts maker Marelli, which supplied parts for those engines.

The searches are being conducted in Germany, Italy and Hungary as part of a coordinated action by Eurojust, Europe’s agency for criminal justice cooperation, Reuters said.

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