The engine type is displayed on Volkswagen Passat in Nauen, Germany, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Ferdinand Ostrop)
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Volkswagen will fire three top executives on Friday, a senior source said, as the German carmaker tries to recover from a scandal over its rigging of U.S. vehicle emissions tests.One day after chief executive Martin Winterkorn quit, the source said the head of the company's U.S. operations and top engineers at premium VW brands Audi and Porsche would be dismissed, regardless of whether they knew about the cheating.VW said on Tuesday about 11 million of its cars worldwide were fitted with the software that was found to be cheating emissions in the United States.Shares in the German company have sunk by as much as 40 percent since U.S. regulators said on Friday it had admitted to rigging emissions tests on hundreds of thousands of diesel cars.No other carmaker has been found to have used the same so-called "defeat devices" employed by Volkswagen.However, the new CEO will also need to act quickly to win back the confidence of dealers and customers frustrated with the lack of information from the company so far.The company has yet to announce which cars and construction years are affected, and whether they will have to be refitted.
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