Diesel engines, opinion polls on Suzuki in Europe

Suzuki is targeted by European courts for diesel emissions. The research – carried out in three European countries, Germany, Italy and Hungary – aims to collect data and documents to verify whether the emissions data of diesel engines equipped with certain models have been falsified by the use unauthorized devices. The devices would be manufactured in Italy and assembled in Hungary in a Japanese collective factory. The news was published by Eurojust, the European Union’s judicial cooperation unit, which is assisting German, Italian and Hungarian authorities in the operation. Searches, at the request of the Frankfurt public prosecutor’s office, are carried out in Italy by the Turin police and Guardi Finance in Turin and Milan. The purpose, as Eurojust explains, is to obtain documents, data and correspondence. The information collected will then be analyzed by the respective jurisdictions. The Japanese car manufacturer is based in Europe in Germany – and Eurojust specifies – it should be noted that from 2018, diesel engines have been fitted with devices to “beautify” emissions. The detailed searches cover the sales offices in Bensheim and Heidelberg in Germany, Corbetta (Milan) in Italy and Esztergom in Hungary. In addition to the Frankfurt public prosecutor’s office in Germany, the Hesse police are involved in the investigation and the Komarum-Estergüm county police in Hungary. Fca Italia supplied Suzuki with the engines and Marelli with the control unit that manages engine emissions. “Fca Italia – Comments Stellantis – has been informed of a request for information and documentation in the context of further investigations by the Frankfurt prosecutor concerning the use of allegedly unacceptable emissions control software in diesel engines supplied to Suzuki. This stems from investigations into similar allegations conducted in 2020. The company will continue to cooperate fully with the investigation. Marilli did not comment in detail, but confirms “full cooperation with the authorities in its investigation. Marilli is convinced that it has always acted in full compliance with the regulations. The company had already answered a questionnaire on the European Union’s emissions regime in 2016, to check that all activities complied with the rules.

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