In a move that hardly surprised anyone, VW’s new boss Matthias Muller announced a plan to recall up to 11 million cars that are currently affected by the emissions scandal.
The new VW CEO said the company has a “comprehensive” recall plan ready for submission to the regulators which aims to ensure its affected diesel models’ compliance with the emission rules and standards, Reuters reports.
Volkswagen will start contacting the owners of diesel models equipped with the illegal software code “in the next few days” to have them refitted as well as brief the authorities on technical fixes in October, according to Matthias Mueller who spoke in a gathering of about 1,000 top managers at the company’s headquarters in Wolfsburg.
The total number of cars affected is currently around 11 million worldwide, with Audi saying that 2.1 million of those comes from them, 1.2 million from Skoda and 700,000 from Seat. Volkswagen has said that 5 million of the affected cars carry the VW badge while the rest 1.8 million cars are light commercial vehicles.
The company said in an earlier statement: “The internal evaluation revealed that approximately five million Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand vehicles are affected worldwide. Certain models and model years of these vehicles (such as the sixth generation Volkswagen Golf, the seventh generation Volkswagen Passat and the first generation Volkswagen Tiguan) are equipped exclusively with type EA 189 diesel engines.”
“All new Volkswagen Passenger Car brand vehicles that fulfill the EU6 norm valid throughout Europe are not affected. This therefore also includes the current Golf, Passat and Touran models.”