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U.S. Is Investigating Bosch in Widening VW Diesel-Cheat Scandal

  • Prosecutors said to ask if other makers used ‘defeat devices’
  • Bosch criminal probe comes after lawsuit alleging conspiracy

U.S. prosecutors are investigating whether Germany’s Robert Bosch GmbH, which provided software to Volkswagen AG, conspired with the automaker to engineer diesel cars that would cheat U.S. emissions testing, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Among the questions the Justice Department is asking in the criminal probe, one of them said, is whether automakers in addition to VW used Bosch software to skirt environmental standards. Bosch, which is also under U.S. civil probe and German inquiry, is cooperating in investigations and can’t comment on them, said spokesman Rene Ziegler.