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It was VW's 'dieselgate,' so why is the Prius in the doghouse?

Toyota's hybrid is in a tight spot as market wants more eco-friendliness

Ferdinand Piech, former chairman of Volkswagen's supervisory board   © Reuters

TOKYO -- It has been two years since Volkwagen's diesel scandal was first reported by U.S. news organizations. But the fateful decision to carry out a massive fraud was made much earlier, in 2006.

In November of that year, at least 15 VW executives in charge of development gathered on the seventh floor of a building at VW's Germany headquarters complex and agreed to use illegal software that would allow for emissions data to be falsified.

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