AUSTRALIA'S consumer watchdog has confirmed it has opened an investigation into besieged car manufacturer Volkswagen.
It will investigate whether any Australian car owners have been caught up in the company's emission cheating scandal.
The world's largest car manufacturer has been caught out cheating on emissions tests on its diesel cars under its three mainstream brands - Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda.
More than 11 million cars worldwide have been affected.
The scandal resulted in more than a third being wiped off the company's value over the past week with a fall in total share value of around $50 billion.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said in a statement it would investigate whether any Australian cars carried the emissions test-rigging software.
"The ACCC is making inquiries to determine if consumers might have been exposed to misleading claims," it said.
"The ACCC is also considering the rights of consumers under the Australian consumer law." - APN NEWSDESK.
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