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Volkswagen officials covered up diesel cheating, says N.Y. lawsuit

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Senior executives from Volkswagen, including current chief executive Matthias Muller, covered up evidence that the German car manufacturer had cheated on U.S. diesel emissions tests for years.

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New York state accused n a civil lawsuit against the company. As project manager at Audi in 2006, Mr Muller was made aware of the difficulty company engineers faced in getting some of the brand's diesel cars to comply with strict U.S. rules on emissions according to the suit filed by Eric Schneiderman.

It is unclear whether he actually knew about the emission-cheating device however.

New York is one of three states that are bringing environmental damage cases to the automaker, as well as Maryland and Massachusetts.

Volkswagen admitted last year to having used sophisticated software to cheat emissions tests. It is currently being investigated by the US Department of Justice as well as the civil cases.

It had promised to make €16.2bn available to meet the costs of the scandal.


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