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Emissions scandal: VW site launched to check vehicles' software status

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By Euronews  with Audi, Reuters
Emissions scandal: VW site launched to check vehicles' software status

<p>Volkswagen’s luxury Audi unit has launched a website allowing customers to check whether their cars are installed with emissions-test-cheating software.</p> <p>Owners of the brand’s German-registered cars can enter the chassis number to see whether their vehicle is affected. Other countries, including the UK, expect to have similar sites in place by next week.</p> <p>The initiative comes as increasing numbers of dissatisfied customers are filing complaints against the German car giant.</p> <p>Audi owner Sophie Vallauri, expressed concern she may not be able to sell her car if it’s found to use the software.</p> <p>“The risk is financial. If I want to sell it, will it be possible? And if I don’t sell it, will I still be allowed to use it?” she asked.</p> <p>Up to 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide have been affected by the software scandal. Europe’s biggest carmaker is under pressure to disclose plans to refit the vehicles concerned.</p> <p>VW’s long-time chief executive has been forced out, the company’s share price has sunk and global auto markets shaken up.</p> <p>With the company in disgrace, Germany’s Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has said its employees must not be made to pay the price for the scandal.</p>