Volkswagen’s unit is under investigation by the UK authorities over whether it manipulated the emissions reports in order to receive type approval for its cars in the country.
Volkswagen’s diesel emissions saga has put a lot of pressure on the Group’s other brands as well, not only on the core-marque. Skoda is now under scrutiny in the United Kingdom, as Autoexpress reports authorities have opened a formal investigation to check if the unit has falsified emissions tests or it has concealed evidence in order to get type approval from the UK’s Vehicle Certification Agency for its vehicles sold, including those powered by the EA189 engines. If the accusations prove to be true, Skoda faces a legal prosecution over fraud. The Ministry of State at the Department for Transport said the Criminal Counsel was currently reviewing evidence and would provide an assessment as soon as possible.
Skoda is currently registering a strong growth pace worldwide, increasing its sales by 4.5 percent last month to 96,700 vehicles, with Western Europe markets accounting for around 41,000 units. In the first quarter of 2016, its operating profit rose by just over 30 percent to 315 million euros.
Germany has taken a more direct approach towards Volkswagen’s dieselgate and has launched an investigation into former Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn and another unidentified member of the former Board of Management, accusing them of market manipulation. The automaker said the new probe by German prosecutors did not bring new facts that indicated a possible severe neglect of duty by the accused managers.