This photo provided by Volkswagen shows the 2014 Volkswagen Golf GTI, a small car available for less than $15,000. The popular GTI offers the convenience and versatility of a hatchback. (Courtesy of Volkswagen of America via AP)
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The world's biggest carmaker Volkswagen faced fresh scrutiny Monday over reports it helped finance experiments that saw monkeys and humans breathe car exhaust fumes.VW "distances itself clearly from all forms of animal abuse," the group said in a statement Saturday, after the New York Times reported that a U.S. institute commissioned by German auto firms carried out tests on 10 monkeys in 2014 .The studies were commissioned by an organization known as the European Research Group on Environment and Health in the Transport Sector (EUGT), financed by VW alongside fellow German auto sector stalwarts Daimler and BMW.The diesel tests were "absurd and inexcusable" said Bernd Althusmann, economy minister of Germany's Lower Saxony state -- home to VW's Wolfsburg headquarters and one of the car group's biggest shareholders.
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