Volkswagen has won an additional four weeks to work out how to fix manipulated diesel cars in the United States and reach an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The news came the same day as VW announced another recall, of SUVs, due to pedal problems.
In the Dieselgate scandal, Volkswagen was granted an extra month by a California judge to present a solution to fix around 580,000 U.S. diesel cars, which emit far more toxic nitrogen oxide gases than U.S. laws allow. The deadline the judge initially imposed was Thursday.
The negotiations follow the discovery that VW had fitted emissions-rigging software to its diesel engines.
The company made its request for an extension after consultation with lawyers, including those representing the U.S. Justice Department, who are suing Volkswagen for manipulating emissions test results with the illegal software. The so-called defeat devices lowered nitrogen oxide emissions when a car was put in test conditions.
Charles Brewer, the judge, gave VW until April 21 to present a concrete proposal to either fix the cars or buy them back from customers and said that otherwise, he would schedule a trial in the summer, U.S. media reported.
Volkswagen said in a statement that it was committed to resolving the investigation as quickly as possible.