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Scandal: Cars stand in one of Volkswagen's twin towers at its Autostadt customer centre in Wolfsburg, Germany. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Scandal: Cars stand in one of Volkswagen's twin towers at its Autostadt customer centre in Wolfsburg, Germany. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Scandal: Cars stand in one of Volkswagen's twin towers at its Autostadt customer centre in Wolfsburg, Germany. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Germany's Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) is considering recalling more Volkswagen cars due to its emissions scandal, the 'Bild am Sonntag' newspaper has reported.

The KBA has opened an investigation into whether a software update for 1.2-litre engine cars, including the popular Polo, enabled them to cheat emissions tests, the newspaper said, without naming its sources. It said prosecutors were preparing charges against unnamed Volkswagen managers for suspected fraud, noting the company gave assurances in 2016 that the 1.2-litre engines did not use illegal emissions-cheating devices.

VW has had to recall hundreds of thousands of cars since it admitted in 2015 to installing illegal software in engines to cheat US anti-pollution tests.

Irish Independent