New shoes are dropping in the aftermath of Volkswagen’s diesel emissions dodging in the States, not just for that automaker, but all selling diesel cars in the country.
According to Reuters, both the Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board will perform emissions tests on diesel passenger cars and light trucks from other automakers who sell them in the U.S. This includes BMW, Daimler, FCA, GM and Jaguar Land Rover.
As of late Monday, the EPA is reported to be investigating the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 made by VW Group and used in vehicles like the Audi A6 and Q5, Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg, according to Detroit News reporter David Shepardson.
In statements to Automotive News on Monday, both BMW and Daimler deny wrongdoing in emissions control systems in U.S.-market diesel vehicles.
VW, however, is now reported to be the subject of a criminal probe from the U.S. Department of Justice. According to Bloomberg, federal investigators are looking for more information following VW’s admission of guilt in skirting emissions laws with its software on the 2.0-liter TDI models. A criminal inquiry, such as the one GM had last year that resulted in $900 million worth of penalties, as well as prosecution of company officials could result from the investigation.
The news Friday VW had fitted such devices to pass U.S. emissions tests for years came just before the facelifted 2016 Passat was launched Monday night in New York. A stop-sale on all VW TDIs, including 2016s, is in effect until a fix for the emissions problem is approved by the EPA and CARB.