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>> This is where Volkswagen diesel cars come to rest, in the sun bleached desert in Victorville, California, thousands of VWs show the massive fallout from an emissions scandal that rocked the German automaker. Rows and rows of VWs stretch across the desert where the cars bake in the Californian sun.
These were bought back from their owners by the company. The plan is to revamp them to meet emission standards and hopefully find new homes. According to recent court filings, Volkswagen has nearly 300,000 cars stored like this in 37 secure storage facilities around the US. Other lots include a shuttered suburban Detroit football stadium and a former Minnesota paper mill.
Reuters correspondent, David Shepardson.>> Consumers in the US have largely moved past the scandal that started a little over two years ago. Company executives don't even mention it at events anymore, but there's still one glaring example of the diesel emissions scandal and that's these 300,000 vehicles sitting in these lots all over the country and they're not going away anytime soon.
>> The scandal? In 2015, VW admitted it was using secret software in its diesel cars to cheat smog tests. The affected vehicles emitted up to 40 times legally allowable pollution levels.>> The biggest problem for storing these cars outside is you can't just let cars sit in the elements unattended.
You have to have security, and you have to start these vehicles every so often to ensure that the vehicle still operates. Because at some point down the road, Volkswagen wants to sell these vehicles to a dealer, to some other wholesaler and then those cars are going to go back into the markets.
>> All in all, Volkswagen has agreed to spend more than $25 billion in the US for claims from owner, environmental regulators, states and dealers and offered to buy back about half a million polluting vehicles. The buy backs continue through the end of next year.