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Volkswagen scandal– 500.000 “clean diesel” cars deliberately set to cheat emission tests

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The German car giant Volkswagen has admitted that they have cheated in emissions tests in the US. Since 2009, Volkswagen has been installing elaborate software in 482,000 "clean diesel" vehicles sold in the US and according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), these cars had devices in their diesel engines that could detect when they were being tested, changing the performance accordingly to improve results. The cars' pollution controls would then only work when being tested for emissions.

The scandal has led to Volkswagen stocks plummeting and the company losing one-third of its market shares in one week.

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30 Sep 2015