German automakers Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, BMW and Daimler are suspected to be involved in cartel collusion, which started back in the 90s of the XX century.
According to Der Spiegel, automakers created special working groups that coordinated the issues of technology, costs, choice of suppliers and regulation of emissions into the atmosphere. In particular, this collusion laid the groundwork for the so-called dieselgate scandal.
The police received this information from employees of the advertising department at Volkswagen.
Investigation in this regard may become the largest antitrust case in the history of Germany.
It is reported that more than 200 employees of the companies took part in the collusion.
Antimonopoly authorities first found evidence of such agreements in the summer of 2016, Der Spiegel clarifies.
Auto companies do not comment on this situation.