The probe is looking into potential emissions cheating from previous-generation Porsche models.
- shares

German authorities have launched an investigation into potential emissions regulations-cheating software on Porsche petrol models, according to news outlet Reuters.

The Federal Motor Transport Authority – Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt, known as the KBA – initiated the probe after Porsche informed officials it had begun an internal investigation into the matter.

"Porsche is regularly and continuously reviewing technical and regulatory aspects of its vehicles," a Porsche spokesperson told German newspaper Bild am Sonntag.

"As part of such internal examinations Porsche has identified issues and has, just like in the past, proactively informed authorities."

A KBA spokesperson stated the investigation would focus on Porsche models with petrol engines, built prior to 2017.

In May 2019, Porsche was forced to pay more than $850 million in fines to German authorities after it was caught using diesel emissions regulations-cheating software. Porsche ended production of diesel models a year prior.

It's estimated Porsche's parent company, Volkswagen Group, has paid nearly $47 billion in fines, compensation, and vehicle buy-back as part of the 'Dieselgate' scandal.