The ultimatum of the German Federal Motor Vehicle Office runs until 7 October, but the Volkswagen Group already presents initial plans for rectification of the exhaust behavior of diesel vehicles. These are necessary because certain cars do not comply with the emission standards specified.
VW and the other concerned the Group's brands ( Audi, Skoda and Seat ?? Porsche is reportedly not involved ) would like to introduce in October the authorities the technical solutions and measures. Buyers of vehicles will be informed in the next few weeks and months about it, so VW. All relevant Group brands want to national websites turn, where customers can bet on the current state of affairs continuously in knowledge itself.
From a total of eleven million Group vehicles worldwide need around five million vehicles Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand retrofitting. According to media reports, it also comes to 2.1 million Audis, VW 1.8 - commercial vehicles, 1.2 million and 700,000 Skoda Seat worldwide. The problem affects certain models with Euro 5 diesel engines of the type EA 189 ( 1.2 TDI, 1.6 TDI and 2.0 TDI ) built between 2009-2014, including the VW Golf of the sixth generation, the Passat the seventh generation and the first generation of the Tiguan, Current new cars of the Group with Euro 6 engines are not affected, according to VW. The Group also attaches great importance to the finding that all the vehicles are technically safe and roadworthy.
Personnel and organization, the group is preparing now to new. New Porsche CEO Matthias Müller is to succeed Oliver Blume, previously Production Director. New Skoda CEO is Bernhard Maier, previously Sales Director at Porsche, Seat and who now heads the former Audi sales and marketing chief Luca de Meo. At Audi and VW on top everything remains the same.
In addition, the legal treatment of diesel Affaire starts rolling. So the Braunschweig public prosecutor has opened an investigation against the former Group CEO Martin Winterkorn. The Ingolstadt prosecutor checks whether it will initiate an investigation against Audi managers. Earlier Group manager like Bernhard Pischetsrieder and Wolfgang Bernhard also are faced with suspicions that they were involved. The same applies to the former VW development chief Ulrich Hackenberg, who is now on leave as of today's Chief Development Officer Heinz - Jakob Neusser at VW. Who has made the decision for the cycle detection, but is not yet known.
In the US, meanwhile, rolled into a process avalanche on VW. Among other things, complained a Texas district against the company because the County because of the nitrogen oxide-containing exhaust gases, the climate protection rules could not comply. It is " only " around 90 million euros, but this is probably just the beginning. The Landesbank Baden-Württemberg expects an overall loss of 47 billion euros, the image effect is not even considered. ( sl )