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German Prosecutors Open Investigation Into VW's Winterkorn

  • Volkswagen filed general criminal complaint on test cheating
  • German government `working hard to contain' damage of scandal
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German Prosecutors Probe Former VW CEO Winterkorn

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Prosecutors in Germany have opened a criminal probe into former Volkswagen AG Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn after the manufacturer admitted it cheated on emissions tests in some of its diesel cars.

The probe was opened after Volkswagen and others filed complaints calling for a criminal investigation into whether fraudulent measures were taken to sell cars that didn’t meet emissions standards and, if so, who was responsible, prosecutors in Braunschweig, Germany, said in a statement on Monday. Eric Felber, a spokesman for Volkswagen, declined to comment, adding that the company generally supports investigations into the scandal.