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Volk­swa­gen are surely the Rus­sian Olympians of the au­to­mo­tive world.

Both were lead­ers in their classes, set­ting records and rais­ing the bar. Both were re­spected and ad­mired by their peers, their com­peti­tors and their au­di­ence.

But both de­lib­er­ately and sys­tem­at­i­cally cheated and de­ceived the world.

The Rus­sians are get­ting what they de­serve. Has Volk­swa­gen been let off lightly in com­par­i­son? I think they have.

Ev­ery Volk­swa­gen, Skoda or Audi road test I read makes me won­der if I’ll ever be able to be­lieve what I read, or whether to trust them enough to buy and rec­om­mend their prod­uct ever again. Steve Richardson, South Hobart, Tas

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