Volkswagen under investigation in Australia

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Australia’s corporate watchdog is investigating whether Volkwagen provided false or misleading information about its cars’ vehicle emission levels to owners and drivers, news reports said Thursday.

The German carmaker has been under pressure worldwide since acknowledging earlier this week that it manipulated emissions tests of its diesel vehicles in the United States.

The revelation led to the resignation of Volkswagen’s chief executive Martin Winterkorn on Wednesday.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is also considering the rights of consumers under the Australian Consumer Law, an ACCC spokeswoman told the Australian broadcaster ABC.

Volkswagen Australia was still waiting for information from its head office in Germany on whether the 50,000 VW diesel vehicles sold in Australia since 2009 had been fitted with the software that cheats environmental testing, the company said.

Australia does not test each vehicle for emission levels as in the United States, where the cheating software on diesel VW vehicles was detected.

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