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    Volkswagen Offers Up to $12,000 Discounts for New Cars for Diesel Vehicle Owners

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    Amid the ongoing scandal around violation of emission regulations, the German Volkswagen car manufacturer offers up to 10,000 euro (about $12,000) discounts for buyers, who are ready to scrap their old diesel vehicles, local media reported on Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – In July, the Spiegel magazine reported that Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, BMW, and Daimler, as well as other leading German automakers, coordinated their actions on designing diesel emissions treatment systems in diesel vehicles. On Monday, the German Federal Financial Supervision Authority (BaFin) launched a probe against Daimler and Volkswagen over the reports.

    Those, who will buy a Volkswagen Polo, will get a 3,000-euro discount, and individuals who will purchase a Volkswagen Golf will get a 5,000-euro discount while those, who will but a new Volkswagen Touareg – a 10,000-euro discount, the Bild media outlet reported.

    Subsidiaries of Volkswagen also offer discounts for their production: up to 10,000 euro for Audi vehicles, up to 5,000 Euro for Skoda cars, up to 8,000 euro for Seat cars and 5,000 euro for Porsche vehicles.

    People will also reportedly receive an additional 2,380-euro discount if their new car is powered by electricity, natural gas or a hybrid system.

    The diesel scandal, in which Germany's Volkswagen was involved, dates back to 2015, when the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accused the Volkswagen Group, which owns 19 car brands, including Audi and Mercedes-Benz, of using specific software to falsify emission test results for its diesel-engine vehicles. Millions of diesel-engine Volkswagen vehicles manufactured between 2009 and 2015 were estimated to have been programmed to cheat emissions tests for nitrogen oxide. Volkswagen admitted that 11 million of its vehicles worldwide had been fitted with the test-cheating software.


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