The German automaker has outlined plans that will involve the recall and fix of 8.5 million autos in the European Union, affected by the scandal over its ploy to cheat diesel emissions testing procedures.
Matthias Mueller, the chief executive officer who took the job last month after the long-running leader Martin Winterkorn resigned as the automaker acknowledged it had rigged US diesel emissions tests, announced the company would infuse more executive power to brands and regional subsidiaries while also investigating to the full extent its biggest business crisis in the firm’s 78-year history. “We have a good chance of shining again in two to three years,” he commented in a speech delivered to VW managers in Leipzig. The company announced last month close to 11 million autos sold worldwide was equipped with the illegal software used in the US to conceal the real level of toxic emissions. On Thursday the carmaker said it would recall 8.5 million vehicles affected in the European Union after being forced by Germany’s KBA automotive watchdog to start repairs in the beginning of next year.
The KBA announced the order was for 2.4 million autos in Germany and was mandatory – drivers would not be able to choose if they want their cars to be fixed or not. Servicing all 11 million autos would also be among the largest in history from a single automaker and would rival the massive 10 million plus vehicles brought back to service by Toyota back in 2009-2010 over acceleration problems.