The logo of German carmaker Volkswagen is seen at a VW dealership in Hamburg, Germany, in this file photo taken October 28, 2013. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer/Files
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U.S. regulators charged Volkswagen Friday with manufacturing autos designed to evade government pollution controls and said the German auto should fix nearly 500,000 cars with the defect.Volkswagen designed software to meet clean-air standards during official emissions testing, but that turned off during normal operations, U.S. and California regulators charged. The cars employed a sophisticated software algorithm to detect when the car was undergoing official emissions testing and turn on full emissions controls only on that time. When EPA and California demanded an explanation this month, Volkswagen admitted that cars contained defeat devices, the EPA said.
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