Volkswagen Takes Another Hit: Italian Government Slaps $5.5M Fine For Diesel Cheating

By Larry E. Hall Italy’s antitrust agency slapped Volkswagen with a $5.5 million ($5 million euro) fine over the German automaker’s massive diesel engine-fixing scandal.
The antitrust watchdog said the fine related to the marketing in Italy since 2009 of vehicles equipped with the 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engines with unauthorized software that tricked pollution tests.
The software device switched off after testing, enabling the vehicles to spew nitrogen oxides out the tailpipe.
The fine was the highest the antitrust arm could levy against VW for “misinforming” consumers about the company’s diesel emissions results.
Volkswagen told Reuters it plans to challenge the fine at an administrative court.
VW and its

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