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VW: 11M cars affected by emissions cheat globally

by Justin King

The company has set aside 6.5 billion euros to resolve the scandal.

Volkswagen has confirmed that its will likely have far-reaching implications in many global markets.

Initial details of the emissions cheat suggested the engine control software may have been optimized to beat US Environmental Protection Agency tests, however VW now claims the same programming can be found in approximately 11 million vehicles sold around the world with the Type EA 189 engine.

The software monitors parameters such as steering-wheel position and barometric pressure to determine if the vehicle is undergoing a dynamometer emissions evaluation, in which case it retunes the engine and activates certain emissions-reducing measures to pass the test.

"A noticeable deviation between bench test results and actual road use was established solely for this type of engine," the company said in a statement.

"Volkswagen is working intensely to eliminate these deviations through technical measures."

The company has already set aside 6.5 billion euros (~$7.25 billion USD) from its third-quarter earnings to implement a fix. It is unclear if the resolution will negatively affect power output and/or fuel efficiency for the millions of vehicles already on the road.

"Volkswagen does not tolerate any kind of violation of laws whatsoever. It is and remains the top priority of the Board of Management to win back lost trust and to avert damage to our customers," the automaker added.

A third-party internal investigation will be launched, alongside numerous criminal investigations from US authorities and other global government agencies.

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