VW says it will cooperate amid latest cheating allegation
WASHINGTON - Volkswagen says it will "fully cooperate" with the Environmental Protection Agency, which is accusing the automaker of cheating a second time on emissions tests.
This time, the agency says VW programmed about 10,000 cars with larger diesel engines to emit fewer pollutants during testing than when they were actually on the road. In actual use, the agency says, the cars emit up to nine times more nitrogen oxide pollution than allowed.
The latest charges follow VW's admission in September that it rigged emissions tests for four-cylinder diesel engines on 11 million cars worldwide.
In a statement, the company says "no software was installed" in the six-cylinder diesel engines that would "change the emissions values in any impermissible way."
VW has said that only a small number of software developers in Germany were responsible for the computer code that allowed cars to trick U.S. emissions tests. But analysts say the latest charges raise doubts about that claim.
Members of Congress reacted sharply. The House Energy and Commerce Committee said an investigation of VW will continue.
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