Germany's Transport Ministry and Federal Motor Transport Authority are after VW's Porsche division, Bloomberg News says. Porsche allegedly engaged in its own emissions-testing cheating efforts, programming some cars to reduce emissions when the lack of steering movement indicates that the car may be in the process of being tested. A Porsche spokesman denied the accusation to Bloomberg, and said the company is cooperating with the probe.
Meanwhile, Volkswagen, which has been subject to $19 billion in fines and levies (and counting) after programming about 11 million of its diesel vehicles to cheat emissions-testing systems, continues to receive more flack in South Korea. That country, which has already fined the automaker about $15 million over the issue, may fine the company another $32 million for alleged false advertising of its vehicles' fuel-economy figures, according to Reuters. South Korea is also pursuing criminal charges against five current and ex-VW executives.
Finally, in the all-blame-rolls-downhill-category, the European Union is now taking seven of its member countries to task for what it says is insufficient oversight of the emissions-testing process for their new vehicles, Reuters said in a separate article. The EU may take legal action against Germany, Spain, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Greece, and — of course — Great Britain. So far, officials with both Germany and Great Britain defended their policies