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India to test Volkswagen, EPA to test all manufacturers

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is putting automobile manufacturers on notice that it will impose more stringent emissions testing after the Volkswagen scandal.

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The warning, in the form of a letter sent to car companies and a call with reporters, comes in the wake of the discovery that Volkswagen was using software to get around emissions testing on its "clean diesel" vehicles.

"We won't tell them what these tests are. They don't need to know that," said Chris Grundler, director of the EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality.

"They only need to know we'll be keeping their cars a little bit longer and we'll be driving them a little bit more."

India ordered a probe into Volkswagen cars, days after the German automaker was caught manipulating emission results in some of its diesel cars in the United States.[break]

Indian Heavy Industries Secretary Rajan Katoch said that automotive testing agency, Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), have been asked to conduct the investigation.

"We have requested ARAI to check up with Volkswagen and find out if this issue is applicable over here. They are inquiring into the matter," Katoch told the media in the national capital.

The German automaker has admitted using a software in some of its diesel cars during emissions tests in the United States to manipulate results, for which it faces a fine of $18 billion.

"Obviously, we need to make sure these kinds of things don't happen here. We are studying the matter. If there are any regulatory issues here, they are looked at and plugged," the official said.

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