Diesel Delays

VW Wins a Month for U.S. Recall Plan

ARCHIV - Das Hauptwerk der Volkswagen AG in Wolfsburg, aufgenommen am 28.04.2012. Der Aufsichtsrat von Europas größtem Autobauer Volkswagen will am 22.01.2013 eine Neuregelung der umstrittenen Vorstandsgehälter beschließen. Foto: Jens Wolf/dpa (zu dpa «VW-Aufsichtsrat regelt Vorstandsboni neu - Eckdaten 2012 erwartet» vom 22.02.2013) +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++
Time is of the essence.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    A deal with U.S. authorities on a repair plan is crucial for Europe’s carmaker to resolve Dieselgate, put a price tag on the scandal and start winning back the trust of its customers.

  • Facts

    Facts

    • Volkswagen admitted last September it had manipulated around 11 million diesel cars worldwide, making them emit lower amounts of toxic gases in test conditions.
    • The Wolfsburg-based carmaker has presented solutions for Europe, but still needs to come up with a plan for the United States, where 580,000 cars are affected and emissions regulations are stricter.
    • The diesel emissions scandal could cost Europe’s largest carmaker as much as €30 billion, estimates suggest.
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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.

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