European Union antitrust officials widened an investigation of alleged collusion among Germany's top carmakers on Monday, with both Daimler AG and Volkswagen AG becoming the latest targets of the inspections.

The EU's competition watchdog said in July that it was investigating an alleged cartel among German automakers on suspicion they conspired to fix prices in diesel and other technologies over decades.

Daimler had said last week it had claimed whistleblower status to avoid fines. On Monday, the automaker said that European Commission officials had started a search of its premises.

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Germany Follows BMW Search With With Raids On VW And Daimler

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