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This comes after a German court recently ruled a city has the right to ban diesel powertrains as a way to combat smog in city centers. The German automaker revealed that the sites include a shuttered suburban Detroit football stadium, a former Minnesota paper mill and a sun-bleached desert graveyard near Victorville, California.

Volkswagen is trying to reassure German customers anxious about the future of their diesel cars by telling them they can trade in their new diesel if it is banned from the road by cities trying to meet air pollution limits.

Volkswagen AG has already paid more than $7.4 billion to buy back around 350,000 USA vehicles affected by the Dieselgate scandal and is now storing thousands of vehicles around the United States in what are being called diesel graveyards.

It appears that up until the end of 2017 VW had bought back 335,000 vehicles, scrapped 28,000 of them and resold 13,000.

With other cities across the continent intending to implement similar restrictions on diesel cars, the manufacturer could come under increased pressure to offer similar deals to customers outside of its home nation.

A VW spokesman said the vehicles are being stored temporarily and routinely maintained so they can be re-sold or exported once regulators approve emissions modifications. The buybacks will continue through 2019. As of the end of a year ago, VW was storing 294,000 vehicles around the country.

It said in February it had repaired or fixed nearly 83% of covered vehicles, and expected to hit the requirement soon. The automaker in September 2015 admitted to circumventing the emissions control system in USA diesel vehicles for vehicles sold since 2009, prompting the resignation of the company's chief executive.

By mid-February it had issued 437,273 letters offering almost $8bn (£5.7bn) in compensation and buybacks.