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Volkswagen CEO Resigns Amid Backlash Over Test-Rigging

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn attends the company's annual press conference on March 13, 2014 in Wolfsburg, Germany. Winterkorn announced on September 23, 2015 that he will step down following the diesel emissions scandal that Volkswagen has admitted could affect up to 11 million VW cars.  (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn attends the company's annual press conference on March 13, 2014 in Wolfsburg, Germany. Winterkorn announced on September 23, 2015 that he will step down following the diesel emissions scandal that Volkswagen has admitted could affect up to 11 million VW cars. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Volkswagen Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn announced he is stepping down today after it was revealed last week that the company falsified emissions tests for its cars in the United States.

The company reported yesterday that 11 million of its diesel cars were equipped with software that could be used to cheat on emissions tests, more than 20 times the number of cars previously disclosed to have the software.

Meanwhile, attorneys general for a number of states in the U.S. say they’re going to form a group to investigate the scandal, as prosecutors in Germany are also considering opening an investigation. CNN’s Maggie Lake discusses this development with Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd.

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