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Volkswagen denies NGT charge, says its vehicles follow BS-IV norms

German auto major Volkswagen, which has been asked by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) not to sell cars with 'cheat devices,' denied the charge and claimed that its vehicles do not violate BS-IV emission norms.

"Volkswagen Group India has already intimated why it believes that its cars are not equipped with a 'defeat device'," a company spokesperson said, reacting to an order of the NGT, seeking a written assurance that vehicles sold in India would comply with all emission norms. "Volkswagen Group India will respond to the order from NGT by the deadline given."

On Wednesday, the NGT directed the company not to sell any diesel vehicle fitted with the 'cheat device' in India. The German automaker had admitted to using the 'defeat device' in 11 million diesel engine cars in the US, Europe and other international markets.

The device helped it manipulate emissions tests and improve results. The company could face a fine of up to $90 billion in the US.

Volkswagen had last month announced the recall of more than 323,000 vehicles - including Audi, Skoda and Volkswagen models - in India after an official investigation found diesel engines were equipped with the defeat device to cheat on emission tests.