BERLIN -- Germany has ordered its road transport watchdog to look at whether Ford's mid-sized Mondeo model contains an illegal emissions cheating device, business weekly WirtschaftsWoche reported on Thursday, citing the transport ministry.
The transport ministry was not immediately available for comment.
WirtschaftsWoche said the inspections were prompted by emission test data that could indicate the use of such devices.
An unnamed institute has been commissioned to carry out the tests which are already underway, Wirtschaftswoche said.
Ford's division in Germany said on Thursday that all its vehicles and engines, including its latest diesel motors, comply with current emissions guidelines. Ford is not using illegal devices to cheat on emissions tests, the carmaker's German division said by email.
Ford said it has been contacted by the KBA about its Mondeo 2.0 TCDi model and has pledged to cooperate with the German authority.
The auto industry came under scrutiny almost two years ago after U.S. regulators exposed emissions test cheating by Volkswagen AG. This led to wider revelations that diesel vehicles from most manufacturers release far more toxic nitrogen oxides (NOx) on the road than in tests.
Ford and Germany's three main carmakers -- VW, Daimler and BMW -- this week announced incentives to drivers who trade in older diesel models for new, cleaner models.