An official statement from German prosecutors said: "There is a suspicion that the engines are equipped with a so-called shutdown device". Group company Audi was also investigated for engaging in the practice.
A spokesperson for Mitsubishi Motors Australia has told CarAdvice: "Mitsubishi Motors was informed of an inspection this morning of its German Distributor as well as of its European R&D facilities, also based in Germany, by European authorities".
Mitsubishi Motors is part of a global automaking alliance with Nissan Motor Co. and Renault SA, which was thrown into turmoil in November 2018 with the arrest of its chairman, Carlos Ghosn, in Japan on allegations of financial wrongdoing.
The authorities are looking at Mitsubishi's 1.6-liter and 2.2-liter 4-cylinder Euro 5 and Euro 6 diesel engines and are asking drivers who acquired cars with the motors since 2014 to contact police.
A spokesman for vehicle supplier Continental confirmed to AFP that three of its locations had been searched, adding that the firm was acting as "a witness" and fully cooperating with the probe. Tetsuji Inoue, a spokesman for the Tokyo-based automaker, said the company is still gathering information while cooperating with authorities.
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The "defeat devices" allowed the affected cars to spew out up to 40 times more harmful nitrogen oxide than legally allowed.
Some observers suggests that among automobile shares, investors are selecting companies with a strong lineup of electric and other next-generation models, making it hard for Mitsubishi Motors to secure mid- and long-term capital. "We will cooperate with the investigation", he added. Automotive supplier Bosch said it was not involved.
The globally dominant vehicle group has been dogged by scandal since the shock arrest in Japan of former chief Carlos Ghosn on charges of financial misconduct in 2018.
Ghosn has since claimed the auto alliance was on the rocks, forcing Nissan last week to deny reports it was working on secret plans to possibly dissolve the alliance.
Two of Germany's largest consumer protection groups have launched a class action lawsuit against the VW Group over Dieselgate.
The emissions scandal first emerged in 2015 following investigations by German prosecutors into similar fraud cases linked to major automakers in the country, including Volkswagen AG.