April 20, 2018 / 4:03 PM / a year ago

German prosecutors may widen Bosch emissions probe

FILE PHOTO: A Bosch logo is pictured in Renningen near Stuttgart, Germany July 29, 2016. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German prosecutors may widen an investigation into auto supplier Robert Bosch [ROBG.UL] over its suspected involvement in emissions test cheating to include dealings with Fiat (FCHA.MI), Ford (F.N), General Motors (GM.N) and Hyundai (005380.KS), according to the Stuttgart public prosecutor’s office.

German weekly der Spiegel reported on Friday that the prosecutors suspect Bosch supplied those carmakers with illicit emissions control software.

The prosecutor’s office confirmed it had launched preliminary inquiries in connection with Bosch and the four carmakers, but did not provide details.

It has not launched any formal investigations on the matter, a spokesman for the office said.

The prosecutor’s office launched an investigation over Bosch’s emissions dealings with Volkswagen (VW) (VOWG_p.DE) in 2015, when VW’s diesel test-cheating scandal in the United States broke.

It later started separate probes in relation to its suspected involvement in alleged emissions irregularities at Daimler (DAIGn.DE), VW’s premium unit Audi and Chyrsler.

Bosch said it could not comment on the details of the investigations.

“We are taking accusations that diesel software was manipulated very seriously,” the company said in a statement, adding it was cooperating fully with the relevant authorities.

Reporting by Maria Sheahan and Ilona Wissenbach; Editing by Mark Potter

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