In­dia to find out if Volk­swa­gen cheated emis­sion tests here too

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Asked by the In­dian gov­ern­ment to probe whether Volk­swa­gen (VW) has ma­nip­u­lated emis­sion tests here as it did in the United States, au­to­mo­tive-test­ing agency Au­to­mo­tive Re­search As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia (ARAI) has said it has started the process and has sought de­tails from the com­pany on the is­sue.

VW has ad­mit­ted that 11 mil­lion cars world­wide were fit­ted with the soft­ware that helped in ma­nip­u­lat­ing emis­sion tests. It is now fac­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions in the United States, South Korea, France, Italy, Canada, Ger­many and the United King­dom. In the United States, VW faces fine to the tune of USD 18 bil­lion.

The al­le­ga­tions against Ger­many’s largest car­maker were ini­tially raised by the US En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA), which or­dered it to re­call nearly half a mil­lion diesel cars fit­ted with a de­vice that al­lowed cars to pass emis­sion-con­trol tests by show­ing much lower lev­els of pol­lu­tion than in reg­u­lar or­di­nary use. The soft­ware en­abled its cars to de­tect when they were on emis­sion-con­trol tests. When the test is com­plete, the en­gine re­turns to the reg­u­lar driv­ing mode, which has now been found to pro­duce 40 times the per­mit­ted level of ni­tro­gen ox­ide.

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