MASSIVE FINE FOR VW: German auto giant Volkswagen were fined R185-million by Brazil for its emissions-cheating scandal. Image: AFP / Philippe Huguen
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Brazil authorities will fine Volkswagen $13.2-million over the automaker's emissions cheating scheme.
The environmental agency Ibama said it notified Volkswagen that it must also present a plan for correcting recalled cars so that "they meet the emissions standards as required under Brazilian norms."
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Volkswagen announced the recall of 17 057 Amarok bakkies sold in Brazil as part of a much bigger scandal over the sale of vehicles fitted with software that allows cheating during government emissions tests.
Cheating emissions tests
The automaker said in a statement that Amaroks built with diesel engines in Argentina in 2011, and some models in 2012, were equipped with the software.
No Volkswagen vehicles sold in Brazil since then are affected, the statement said.
The automaker was plunged into the biggest crisis in its history after revealing that it had fitted 11 million of its diesel vehicles with software designed to cheat official pollution tests.