Volkswagen Chief Executive Officer Matthias Mueller said the gap between the official emissions tests and the real-world ones needs to be narrowed, announcing as well the start of the European recall.

Even if the discrepancy issue between the laboratory emissions tests and the real-word results was a matter of common sense long before the outburst of dieselgate, VW’s scandal has drawn full public attention on the matter. The German automaker deemed that gap to “be responsible” for its cheating scheme, which had to be implemented for the cars to pass official tests. “The industry-wide discrepancies between the official test results and actual consumption are no longer accepted and no longer acceptable. We need to break new ground here,” Mueller said at a company reception in Brussels. The CEO emphasized that Europe’s largest automobile manufacturer would have the emission values of its vehicles checked and certified by external and independent inspectors in the future. The company vehicles will also be tested randomly under real driving conditions. “We hope this will help to win back trust,” said Muller. He also pointed out that the recall of 8.5 million affected cars in Europe would begin this week. While cars in the region will get low-cost repairs, Volkswagen still does not have the approval of the US regulators for a fix.

Speaking to European Union parliamentarians in Brussels at an event on Monday, Muller promised that Volkswagen would concentrate on sustainability “more than ever before”, which would include the company’s products, strategy and management, presenting the new Strategy 2025 for the Group this summer. The company’s brands will introduce about 20 additional models with electrical or plug-in hybrid drive trains by 2020, announced the CEO.


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