BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s motor industry watchdog raised suspicions Volkswagen was using prototype vehicles to lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in tests in 2015 soon after VW’s manipulation of diesel emissions tests was uncovered, the Berliner Zeitung newspaper reported on Saturday.
It quoted the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) as telling VW in a November 2015 email it would choose test models randomly and appoint new external experts to carry out testing because of doubts about the independence of the company’s CO2 testing regime.
“VW has to give a declaration that they (vehicles submitted to tests) comply with standards for serial production models and were not subject to change in any way,” the newspaper quoted the KBA’s email as saying.
There was no immediate comment from a VW spokesman. The German Transport Ministry, which is home to the KBA, declined to comment as…