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VW buybacks to begin under US$14.7b diesel test cheating accord

Judge says deal has achieved the primary goal of getting polluting cars off the road

VW owners can keep driving their vehicles for now even if they don't pass state emissions testing. VW agreed in the US deal to devote as much as US$10b to buy back affected models and compensate drivers.

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VOLKSWAGEN AG and drivers suing the company in the US over its diesel-cheating scandal have won final approval of their US$14.7 billion settlement to resolve what's likely to be the largest portion of VW's civil liability worldwide.

The accord requires VW to buy back...