This picture shows a German flag of a boat on the Mittellandkanal (unseen) with the Volkswagen HQ plant in the background, in Wolfsburg, Germany, on March 7, 2016.
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German prosecutors looking into the massive emissions-cheating scandal at auto giant Volkswagen said Tuesday that the number of suspects under investigation had increased from six to 17 .VW, a former paragon of German industry with ambitions to become the world's biggest car maker, has been plunged into its deepest-ever crisis by revelations that it installed emissions-cheating software into 11 million diesel engines worldwide.In a copy of the defense document obtained by AFP, VW's lawyers have sought to exonerate the group's management in the affair, including former chief executive Martin Winterkorn and other board members, such as current supervisory board chief Hans Dieter Poetsch.
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