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US sues Volkswagen for cheating on emissions tests

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Under the Clean Air Act, Volkswagen could be fined up to US$32,500 for each 2-litre diesel vehicle with the illegal software (about 499,000 autos) and up to US$37,000 for each 3-litre vehicle with the software (about 85,000). Added together, the penalty could top US$19b.

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THE Justice Department sued German automaker Volkswagen in federal court on Monday, saying that the company installed illegal devices in nearly 600,000 diesel engine systems to impair emissions controls, increasing harmful air pollution.

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