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Volkswagen has paid $9.5 bn to US drivers over 'dieselgate' emission scandal

Volkswagen has paid $9.5 bn to US drivers over 'dieselgate' emission scandal

The auto giant admitted in 2015 to cheating emissions tests on 11 million vehicles worldwide. Software built into motors made the cars appear to spew fewer harmful pollutants in the lab than on the road. The international scandal -- known as "dieselgate" -- has tarnished Volkswagen's image ever since.