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Polish watchdog fines Volkswagen over 'dieselgate' scandal

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's consumer watchdog UOKiK said on Wednesday it was fining Volkswagen more than 120 million zlotys (24.27 million pounds) for misleading customers about the emissions of its vehicles.

The fine, the biggest ever given by the regulator, is the latest chapter in a global emissions cheating scandal that has cost Volkswagen about 30 billion euros in fines, vehicle refits and legal costs, and also triggered a global backlash against diesel vehicles.

"False information in advertising materials caused misinformation - they referred to Volkswagen's pro-ecological attitude, when in fact the cars were not environmentally friendly," UOKiK president Marek Niechcial said in a statement.

Volkswagen in 2015 admitted to cheating U.S. emissions tests on diesel engines.

The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.



(Reporting by Alan Charlish; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)