Germany's Federal Administration Court, in Leipzig, gave its biggest towns the green light to restrict diesel-car use on 27 February after figures showed that 70 of its cities exceed European Union limits on atmospheric nitrogen oxide, known to cause respiratory diseases and are a prime cause of 13,000 premature deaths in the country each year.
Volkswagen has confirmed that it will buy back new or almost new diesel cars from motorists who have been affected by the German city vehicle bans. As of the end of past year, VW was storing 294,000 vehicles around the country. However, diesel cars are speculated to be automakers' attempts to meeting EU's new norms on carbon dioxide emissions, as diesel cars are less hazardous than gasoline vehicles.
The company says it has already taken 170,000 older diesels off the road by offering incentives to trade them in for newer, cleaner models.
Storage lots include a shuttered suburban Detroit football stadium, a former Minnesota paper mill and the desert site near Victorville, California.
The cars are being stored near Victorville, California. - one of the 37 secure storage facilities around the US.
"These vehicles are being stored on an interim basis and routinely maintained in a manner to ensure their long-term operability and quality, so that they may be returned to commerce or exported once United States regulators approve appropriate emissions modifications", she said.
The German firm has agreed to buy back about 500,000 USA vehicles in all following the scandal over diesel emissions. Besides, the carmaker would buy back cars sold between April 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.
VW must buy back or fix 85 per cent of the vehicles involved by June 2019 or face higher payments for emissions.
It said in February it had repaired or fixed nearly 83% of covered vehicles, and expected to hit the requirement soon.
The company admitted in September 2015 that it had circumvented the emissions control system in the USA for diesel vehicles sold since 2009.