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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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Workers wash a window at a Samsung shop in Seoul, South Korea, on Wednesday as the corporation works out how to clean up its sullied reputation. Ahn Young-joon/AP 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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The Volkswagen logo is seen at the main entrance gate of the Volkswagen group on Friday in Wolfsburg, Germany. That day, CEO Matthias Mueller announced the company would be cutting expenditures by more than $1 billion. Alexander Koerner/Getty Images hide caption

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The Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that additional diesel Volkswagens were equipped with "defeat devices," making them run more cleanly during testing. Markus Schreiber/AP hide caption

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A car departs from Volkswagen's factory and company headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany. The company says the fallout from its diesel emissions scandal is still becoming clear, as it reports a large quarterly loss. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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Kim Johnson of Ridgefield, Conn., says her 2014 Jetta lost more than $1,000 in value because, once fixed, it will no longer get the advertised mileage. Charles Lane/WSHU hide caption

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Emissions Scandal Is Hurting VW Owners Trying To Resell

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Volkswagen has recalled 8.5 million diesel cars in Europe. The company is ordered to fix software that makes the cars appear to run more cleanly than they actually do. Brennan Linsley/AP hide caption

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Then-CEO Martin Winterkorn poses at Volkswagen's annual press conference in Wolfsburg, Germany, in 2012. He resigned his post last month following revelations that VW cheated on emissions tests. Michael Sohn/AP hide caption

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How VW's Drive To Be No. 1 May Have Put It In Reverse

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