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VW emissions scandal: Recalls to start in January

Date: 07 October 2015   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Volkswagen's new chief executive Matthias Muller has confirmed that a recall of vehicles affected by the emissions scandal will begin in January.

All affected vehicles will be addressed by the end of 2016, he told a German newspaper yesterday.

Muller also said that only a handful of employees had been involved in the scandal, which affects more than 11m VW Group vehicles worldwide, and more than a million UK-registered vehicles.

Yesterday, Muller told employees that the group is facing changes that "will not be painless", adding that non-essential investments would be delayed or abandoned.

Muller also confirmed that the firm's technicians are close to finding a technical solution which affects the now-infamous EA189 family of diesel engines.

He confirmed that some vehicles would require a software tweak, while others would require hardware modifications.

"Our most important task will be to regain lost confidence with our customers, partners, investors and the general public," he said. "The first step in this direction will be a fast and relentless examination and explanation. Only when everything comes to the table, only when things are completely explained, only then will people trust us again."

 He added: "Believe me, I too am impatient. But in this situation, in which we are dealing with four brands and many models, care is more important than speed."

"The technical solutions to the problems are in sight. By contrast, the business and financial consequences are not yet foreseeable."

Volkswagen previously announced it would set aside £4.7bn to cover the costs of the scandal. Since it broke out, the group's share price has lost around half its value.