FILE PHOTO: The Mercedes star logo of an E Coupe is pictured before the annual news conference of Daimler AG in Stuttgart, Germany, February 2, 2017. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle/File Photo

HAMBURG/BERLIN (Reuters) – European Union and German antitrust officials searched the offices of Daimler (DAIGn.DE) and Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) on Monday, widening an inquiry into alleged collusion.
The EU competition watchdog said in July that it was investigating several German carmakers on suspicion they had conspired to fix prices in diesel and other technologies over several decades.
Daimler unexpectedly revealed on Friday that it had claimed whistleblower status to avoid any fines, while Munich-based rival BMW (BMWG.DE) said EU officials searched its offices.
By Monday, investigators were searching offices at Daimler and examining documents at Volkswagen’s (VW) headquarters in Wolfsburg and at its Audi (NSUG.DE) luxury brand in the southern German city of Ingolstadt, spokespeople at Daimler and VW said.
German magazine Der Spiegel reported in July that Volkswagen, its units Porsche and Audi, Daimler’s Mercedes and BMW may have used industry committee meetings to fix the size of tanks for …