Nearly two years have passed since Dieselgate broke out and authorities are still cracking down on possible emissions fraud in other automakers. The most recent car manufacturer to fall under the eye of investigators is Daimler AG. Daimler AG is the mother company of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks and Daimler Vans to name a few.
23 prosecutors and over 200 police officers raided 11 offices of Daimler AG located in the states of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Berlin, Lower Saxony and Saxony. The company is currently cooperating with authorities. Authorities say that 'known and unknown employees' were being sought over the emissions probe. Police and prosecutors are looking for evidence of emissions tampering and false advertising on diesel engines. Should the investigators find proof suggesting fraud, it is likely that civil and criminal cases will be filed against those who are involved.
Apart from the German authorities, Daimler AG is also under investigation in the US. The Department of Justice's inquiry is regarding the possible discrepancies concerning the certification of the company's diesel engines in the country. At the moment, Mercedes-Benz USA has pulled out most of their diesel-engined cars in the US.
Last year, the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA), also known as the German Transport Ministry, also conducted an investigation. In their findings, they saw other 20 cars from various manufacturers exhibiting high carbon dioxide emissions following of the wake Dieselgate. Manufacturers tested by KBA included Volkswagen Group brands, Ford, Opel, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Fiat, Renault, Peugeot and Toyota. The KBA did not mention the cars they retested.