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Volkswagen emissions scandal could affect 500,000 Belgian cars

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An estimated half a million diesel cars licensed in Belgium could be affected by the Volkswagen diesel emissions-fixing scandal, the Belgian economy minister told a local newspaper.

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Flemish newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws says the impact of the emissions manipulation could be particularly high in Belgium because of the popularity of diesel cars, which account for 60 percent of the 5.6 million vehicles licensed.

According to the newspaper, Belgian-licensed vehicles bearing the brands Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and Seat could have incorrect emissions ratings, after U.S. regulators uncovered software in some VW motors that was capable of cheating emissions tests.

Economy minister Kris Peeters told Het Laatste Nieuws: "500,000 Belgian vehicles are suspicious. The exact number of motors equipped with this emissions-manipulating software is not yet clear."

He added: "I have asked Volkswagen to provide rapid clarification on this issue and the level of damages it is planning. The economy ministry will, for its part, be carrying out a legal analysis of the situation."

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