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Volkswagen's diesel graveyard

Reacquired Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars sit in a desert graveyard near Victorville, California, March 28, 2018. Volkswagen has taken parking lots to a whole new level in the United States - and will not be emptying them soon.

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Reacquired Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars sit in a desert graveyard near Victorville, California, March 28, 2018. Volkswagen has taken parking lots to a whole new level in the United States - and will not be emptying them soon. REUTERS/Lucy...more

Reacquired Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars sit in a desert graveyard near Victorville, California, March 28, 2018. Volkswagen has taken parking lots to a whole new level in the United States - and will not be emptying them soon. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Volkswagen AG has paid more than $7.4 billion to buy back about 350,000 U.S. diesel vehicles through mid-February, a recent court filing shows. The German automaker has been storing hundreds of thousands of vehicles around the United States for months.

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Volkswagen AG has paid more than $7.4 billion to buy back about 350,000 U.S. diesel vehicles through mid-February, a recent court filing shows. The German automaker has been storing hundreds of thousands of vehicles around the United States for...more

Volkswagen AG has paid more than $7.4 billion to buy back about 350,000 U.S. diesel vehicles through mid-February, a recent court filing shows. The German automaker has been storing hundreds of thousands of vehicles around the United States for months. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Volkswagen has 37 secure storage facilities around the United States housing nearly 300,000 vehicles, the filing from the program's independent administrator said. The lots include a shuttered suburban Detroit football stadium, a former Minnesota paper mill and a sun-bleached desert graveyard near Victorville, California.

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Volkswagen has 37 secure storage facilities around the United States housing nearly 300,000 vehicles, the filing from the program's independent administrator said. The lots include a shuttered suburban Detroit football stadium, a former Minnesota...more

Volkswagen has 37 secure storage facilities around the United States housing nearly 300,000 vehicles, the filing from the program's independent administrator said. The lots include a shuttered suburban Detroit football stadium, a former Minnesota paper mill and a sun-bleached desert graveyard near Victorville, California. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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VW spokeswoman Jeannine Ginivan said in a statement on Wednesday that the storage facility in Victorville, California, is one of many "to ensure the responsible storage of vehicles that are bought back under the terms of the Volkswagen" diesel settlements.

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VW spokeswoman Jeannine Ginivan said in a statement on Wednesday that the storage facility in Victorville, California, is one of many "to ensure the responsible storage of vehicles that are bought back under the terms of the Volkswagen" diesel...more

VW spokeswoman Jeannine Ginivan said in a statement on Wednesday that the storage facility in Victorville, California, is one of many "to ensure the responsible storage of vehicles that are bought back under the terms of the Volkswagen" diesel settlements. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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"These vehicles are being stored on an interim basis and routinely maintained in a manner to ensure their long-term operability and quality, so that they may be returned to commerce or exported once U.S. regulators approve appropriate emissions modifications," Ginivan said.

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"These vehicles are being stored on an interim basis and routinely maintained in a manner to ensure their long-term operability and quality, so that they may be returned to commerce or exported once U.S. regulators approve appropriate emissions...more

"These vehicles are being stored on an interim basis and routinely maintained in a manner to ensure their long-term operability and quality, so that they may be returned to commerce or exported once U.S. regulators approve appropriate emissions modifications," Ginivan said. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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In total, VW has agreed to spend more than $25 billion in the United States for claims from owners, environmental regulators, states and dealers and offered to buy back about 500,000 polluting U.S. vehicles. The buybacks will continue through the end of 2019.

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In total, VW has agreed to spend more than $25 billion in the United States for claims from owners, environmental regulators, states and dealers and offered to buy back about 500,000 polluting U.S. vehicles. The buybacks will continue through the end...more

In total, VW has agreed to spend more than $25 billion in the United States for claims from owners, environmental regulators, states and dealers and offered to buy back about 500,000 polluting U.S. vehicles. The buybacks will continue through the end of 2019. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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The court filing said through Dec. 31 Volkswagen had reacquired 335,000 diesel vehicles, resold 13,000 and destroyed about 28,000 vehicles. As of the end of last year, VW was storing 294,000 vehicles around the country.

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The court filing said through Dec. 31 Volkswagen had reacquired 335,000 diesel vehicles, resold 13,000 and destroyed about 28,000 vehicles. As of the end of last year, VW was storing 294,000 vehicles around the country. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

The court filing said through Dec. 31 Volkswagen had reacquired 335,000 diesel vehicles, resold 13,000 and destroyed about 28,000 vehicles. As of the end of last year, VW was storing 294,000 vehicles around the country. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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VW must buy back or fix 85 percent of the vehicles involved by June 2019 or face higher payments for emissions.

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VW must buy back or fix 85 percent of the vehicles involved by June 2019 or face higher payments for emissions. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

VW must buy back or fix 85 percent of the vehicles involved by June 2019 or face higher payments for emissions. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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The company said in February it has repaired or fixed nearly 83 percent of covered vehicles and expects to soon hit the requirement.

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The company said in February it has repaired or fixed nearly 83 percent of covered vehicles and expects to soon hit the requirement. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

The company said in February it has repaired or fixed nearly 83 percent of covered vehicles and expects to soon hit the requirement. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Through mid-February VW has issued 437,273 letters offering nearly $8 billion in compensation and buybacks.

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Through mid-February VW has issued 437,273 letters offering nearly $8 billion in compensation and buybacks. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Through mid-February VW has issued 437,273 letters offering nearly $8 billion in compensation and buybacks. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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In April 2017 Volkswagen was sentenced to three years probation after pleading guilty to three felony counts and paid $4.3 billion in federal penalties. The automaker in September 2015 admitted to circumventing the emissions control system in U.S. diesel vehicles for vehicles sold since 2009, prompting the resignation of the company's chief executive.

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In April 2017 Volkswagen was sentenced to three years probation after pleading guilty to three felony counts and paid $4.3 billion in federal penalties. The automaker in September 2015 admitted to circumventing the emissions control system in U.S....more

In April 2017 Volkswagen was sentenced to three years probation after pleading guilty to three felony counts and paid $4.3 billion in federal penalties. The automaker in September 2015 admitted to circumventing the emissions control system in U.S. diesel vehicles for vehicles sold since 2009, prompting the resignation of the company's chief executive. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Reacquired Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars sit in a desert graveyard near Victorville, California. 

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Reacquired Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars sit in a desert graveyard near Victorville, California. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Reacquired Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars sit in a desert graveyard near Victorville, California. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Reacquired Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars sit in a desert graveyard near Victorville, California. 

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Reacquired Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars sit in a desert graveyard near Victorville, California. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Reacquired Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars sit in a desert graveyard near Victorville, California. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Reacquired Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars sit in a desert graveyard near Victorville, California. 

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Reacquired Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars sit in a desert graveyard near Victorville, California. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Reacquired Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars sit in a desert graveyard near Victorville, California. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Reacquired Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars sit in a desert graveyard near Victorville, California. 

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Reacquired Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars sit in a desert graveyard near Victorville, California. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Reacquired Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars sit in a desert graveyard near Victorville, California. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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