Owners of vehicles with larger VW diesel engines that have emissions-cheating software could get their cars fixed or bought back, the company says. Here, a man walks by an Audi diesel at company meetings last summer. Alexander Koerner/Getty Images hide caption

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Volkswagen has agreed to plead guilty to three criminal felony counts as part of the settlement announced Wednesday by the Justice Department. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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Volkswagen logos are visible at a dealership in Los Angeles on June 28. Volkswagen has agreed to pay out $14.7 billion in a settlement with U.S. authorities and car owners over its emissions-test-cheating diesel-powered cars. The settlement was approved on Tuesday. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Volkswagen is recalling nearly 281,500 vehicles in the U.S. because of problems with fuel lines. The company says it knows of no leaks that have resulted in fires. Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A longtime Volkswagen engineer has pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges as part of a deal with prosecutors. Here, the Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI) engine of a Volkswagen vehicle is seen. Bloomberg/Getty Images hide caption

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A Volkswagen Touareg diesel is seen being tested at a federal facility in Michigan last year. Volkswagen has reached a tentative deal with its U.S. dealers to compensate them for plummeting sales as a result of the company's emissions cheating scandal. Carlos Osorio/AP hide caption

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Volkswagen used six different "defeat devices" to purposefully skirt U.S. emissions rules, new lawsuits say. Here, VW cars are seen in a delivery tower in Wolfsburg, Germany, earlier this year. Markus Schreiber/AP hide caption

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The logo of German automaker Volkswagen AG can be seen on an administrative building at the Volkswagen factory on the day of the company's annual press conference on April 28 in Wolfsburg, Germany. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, right, arrives for a court hearing in San Francisco Thursday. Mueller has been overseeing talks about a settlement between Volkswagen, the U.S. government, and the car company's customers. Jeff Chiu/AP hide caption

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Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller speaks to the media Sunday in Detroit, apologizing for the scandal that has plunged the German auto giant into crisis. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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'We Didn't Lie,' Volkswagen CEO Says Of Emissions Scandal

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John Swanton of the California Air Resources Board, explaining how a 2013 Volkswagen with a diesel engine is evaluated at an emissions test lab. The U.S. has filed a civil complaint against Volkswagen over emissions cheating in its diesel cars. Nick Ut/AP hide caption

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