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Follow the News #2: Volkswagen – The scandal explained

It’s been dubbed the “diesel dupe”. The German car giant has admitted cheating on emissions tests in the US. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), some cars being sold in America had devices in diesel engines that could detect when they were being tested, changing the performance accordingly to improve results.

In an article from the BBC you will find several questions and statements relating to the issue – along with some tricky expressions that may cause you a headache and… are well worth learning! Before going to the article, read the questions/statements below and guess the expressions marked in red.

You may check your answers in the article or go directly to the WORDS TO KNOW section below.

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Are VW’s problems confined to the US?

Surely, VW heads will roll?

Are other carmakers implicated?

That sounds like EU testing rules need tightening, too

It’s all another blow for the diesel market


You may read the full story here.



to be confined to: to be restricted to something

heads will roll: people in top positions (heads) will loose there jobs

to be implicated: to be blamed for /accused of having done sg bad

rules need tightening: stricter rules are needed

it is a blow for something: an unexpected event with a bad effect


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