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Diesel cars in the desert

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By now, most peo­ple have heard of “Diesel­gate.” In 2015, the U.S. En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA) found that the Volk­swa­gen Group had vi­o­lated the Clean Air Act. The Ger­man car­maker was charged with de­lib­er­ately tam­per­ing with en­gine soft­ware on its diesel cars.

World­wide, 11 mil­lion car own­ers dis­cov­ered that their “clean diesels” were in fact highly pol­lut­ing. Volk­swa­gen’s stock prices fell dras­ti­cally as cus­tomers lost faith in the com­pany. In 2017, VW agreed to pay $4.3 bil­lion (about €4 bil­lion) in penal­ties.

Volk­swa­gen has spent more than $7.4 bil­lion buy­ing back diesel ve­hi­cles from Amer­i­can cus­tomers. About 350,000 of these cars are be­ing stored around the U.S. This Reuters photo shows Volk­swa­gen and Audi cars parked in what the news ser­vice de­scribes as a “desert grave­yard” in Cal­i­for­nia.

Cars ev­ery­where: VW park­ing area in Cal­i­for­nia

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