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Volkswagen denies report about CEO ouster

[FRANKFURT] Volkswagen denied a media report that said Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn was to be replaced amid an emissions scandal that has rocked the company.

"Nonsense," a spokesman at the company's headquarters in Wolfsburg said on Tuesday when asked whether the report by German Tagesspiegel was true.

Europe's biggest automaker could face penalties of up to US$18 billion in the United States, as well as class-action lawsuits from buyers and damage to its reputation, with US regulators alleging it misled them for more than a year.