Reports on BBC suggest that, German prosecutors have raided the headquarters of BMW as part of an investigation into the suspected use of emissions cheating software.
It is believed that, close to 100 police and law enforcement officials searched BMW’s Munich headquarters and it’s engine plant in Steyr, in Austria, prosecutors said.
An investigation has been opened against the company for about a month or so; over suspected fraud.
“There is an early suspicion that BMW has used a test bench-related defeat device,” prosecutors said.
The facility searched in Austria was BMW’s engine plant in Steyr, where the company employs about 4,500 staff and assembles 6,000 engines a day, Reuters news agency reported.
A rival carmaker in Germany, Volkswagen; in 2015 admitted to using “defeat device” software in the US to cheat diesel engine emissions tests, plunging the company into scandal.
Since then, emissions irregularities have surfaced at several major carmakers, although none were found to be as serious as at Volkswagen.
BMW said prosecutors were looking into “erroneously allocated” software in about 11,400 vehicles of the BMW 750d and BMW M550d luxury models.
BMW said the findings did not reveal a “targeted manipulation” of emissions.
Last month BMW recalled 11,700 cars to fix an engine management software issue.
The news comes ahead of the publication of BMW’s 2017 annual results on Wednesday.