BERLIN - The scandal surrounding illegally manipulated exhaust emissions in Volkswagen's diesel cars is widening, German public broadcaster SWR reported on Thursday.
According to SWR, Volkswagen also manipulated the emission thresholds of the EA 288 diesel engine, which is the successor to the EA 189 engine which was subject to the initial diesel scandal in 2015.
SWR reported that Volkswagen had installed a so-called defeat device in the EA 288 engine, which detects if the car is being tested for its exhaust emissions. Volkswagen Internal reports would show how such a "cycle recognition" worked, according to the German public broadcaster.
Until now, only the manipulation of engines with older emission standards than Euro 6 had come to light in the course of the diesel scandal.
The EA 288 engine is widely used not only in Volkswagen cars, but also in cars of its subsidiaries like Audi, Seat and Skoda. According to SWR, "hundreds of thousands of diesel vehicles" had been equipped with this engine since its introduction in 2012.