Nearly 1 mn vehicles in France fitted with cheating device: VW

30th September 2015, Comments 0 comments

Nearly one million vehicles sold in France in recent years have been equipped with devices to cheat pollution tests, Volkswagen's French arm said Wednesday.

A total of 984,064 cars in France were involved in the scandal that has rocked the automobile industry.

They are mostly Volkswagen models, but also include Skoda and Seat cars which are part of the VW group.

The French government called for a Europe-wide probe after the German car manufacturer admitted it had equipped cars with sophisticated software that covertly turns off pollution controls when the car is being driven and turns them on only when it detects that the car is undergoing an emissions test.

Volkswagen has admitted that some 11 million diesel cars worldwide are fitted with the device.

© 2015 AFP

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