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By Nick Statt on September 29, 2015 07:32 pm
Volkswagen's newly appointed CEO Matthias Müller says the car maker has a plan to refit customers' vehicles affected by the ongoing US emissions cheating scandal. Müller delivered the news to a group of company managers at Volkswagen HQ in Wolfsburg, Germany, following a long weekend with the project team tasked with helping dig the company out of its crisis, according to The Wall Street Journal. The plan awaits regulatory approval. Volkswagen's market value has plummeted by $25 billion since news of the scandal broke less than two weeks ago and former chief executive Martin Winterkorn resigned.
"[This will be] the biggest service action in the company’s history," Volkswagen spokesman Christian Buhlmann tells The Wall Street Journal. It's unclear how many of the 11 million affected diesel-powered vehicles will be recalled for a refitting, but every one that is will need software changes to rid the cars of so-called "defeat devices" used to trick US authorities. Some hardware changes will also be required as some cars contain engines in need of fuel injection pump replacements. The current fix will only apply to VW vehicles tested and sold in the European Union, according to The Los Angeles Times, as the roughly 488,000 cars affected in the US will need to pass stricter emissions tests.
""[This will be] the biggest service action in the company's history.""
There's now a website,, to keep owners of any of the affected cars, which include Audi vehicles and popular VW models like the Jetta and Passat, up to date and information about the recall is expected later this week. The company has said throughout the ordeal that the cars are safe to drive, and it appears executives are confident that its cars can be refitted to pass the EPA-mandated emissions tests.
Still, Volkswagen remains under investigation by both the EPA and the US Justice Department and could suffer damages of up to $18 billion for violating the Clean Air Act. Volkswagen has for now put aside $7.3 billion to cover the scandal's associated costs.
Update on Volkswagen Statements Regarding EPA Investigation. /
Message to our customers from Michael Horn, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America
On September 18, 2015, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. and Volkswagen AG received notice from the US Environmental Protection Agency, US Department of Justice and the California Air Resources Board informing VW that those agencies had determined that certain of our 2.0L 4-cylinder TDI vehicles do not comply with applicable emissions standards.
The vehicles included in the notifications include:
VW Jetta TDI (Model Years 2009 – 2015)
VW Jetta SportWagen TDI (Model Years 2009-2014)
VW Golf TDI (Model Years 2010-2015)
VW Golf SportWagen TDI (Model Year 2015)
VW Beetle TDI and VW Beetle Convertible TDI (Model Years 2012-2015)
VW Passat TDI (Model Years 2012-2015)
As environmental protection and sustainability are among Volkswagen’s strategic corporate objectives, the Company takes this matter very seriously and is cooperating with the investigation.
Volkswagen is committed to finding a remedy as soon as possible. We want to assure customers and owners of these models that their automobiles are safe to drive, and we are working to develop a remedy that will meet the expectations of the government agencies.
Owners of these vehicles do not need to take any action at this time. Once we have information regarding a remedy, consumers will be notified.
We understand that owners of the cars affected by the emissions compliance issues are upset. We ask our valued customers for their patience as we address this issue as quickly as we can.
You may have noticed that we have stopped advertising our latest TDI models. We did this as an interim step while we seek the government approvals that will allow us to offer our 2.0L 4-cylinder TDI models for sale.
We are committed to making this right and preventing it from ever happening again. We will bring these TDI vehicles into compliance with the federal and state emissions regulations.
Along with our parent company, Volkswagen AG, we are committed to do what must be done, and begin to restore your trust.
We will share more information with you as it becomes available.
Thank you for your understanding.
Michael Horn
President and CEO
Volkswagen Group of America
---Volkswagen's newly appointed CEO Matthias Müller says the car maker has a plan to refit customers' vehicles affected by the ongoing US emissions cheating scandal. Müller delivered the news to a...---

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