VW EMISSIONS SCANDAL: Internet users react to claims that Volkswagen installed a device to its diesel cars to falsify emissions data. Image: AP / Gene J. Puskar
Cape Town - Volkswagen, the world's biggest producer of passenger cars, admitted to falsifying emissions claims in its diesel model cars sold in the US.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Friday (September 18) the software deceived regulators measuring toxic emissions, adding Volkswagen could face fines of up to $18-billion as a result.
Martin Winterkorn, Volkswagen CEO, said: "We do not and will not tolerate violations of any kind of our internal rules or of the law."
Volkswagen will also face a criminal probe, which was confirmed by a source familiar with the matter on Tuesday (September 22), is likely to examine not only possible violations of the US Clean Air Act but also of broader statutes against wire fraud, false statements to regulators and other crimes, the lawyers said.
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Social media reacts
As is the case with most major events, users are reacting on social media to VW's emission scandal - aptly named #dieselgate.
We've found seven of the best #dieselgate reactions:
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