Volkswagen used software to cheat emissions tests

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Volkswagen was in crisis mode for most of the year after the company admitted to building vehicles with software that could cheat emissions tests.

The program was installed in as many as 11 million diesel vehicles around the world. The company said it would recall nearly 500,000 cars in the United States, and about 8.5 million in Europe.

The German auto manufacturer also acknowledged that some of its cars used outdated encryption, making it easier for people to steal vehicles.

First published December 17, 2015: 12:53 PM ET

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