Volkswagen’s new chief executive officer, Matthias Mueller, outlined a planned fix for its diesel cars. Mueller told his top managers late yesterday at the automaker’s Wolfsburg, Germany, headquarters, that the automaker has come up with a fix for its software problem. According to Automotive News, “First Edition” streaming news service, the top executive of the embattled automaker told his managers that they have determined a “comprehensive plan” to address the furor that surrounds its admission that 11 million vehicles have used engine management software to cheat diesel emissions standards.
Mueller, who said the automaker will brief US regulators next month, told his managers that VW will send owners of the affected diesel vehicles a recall letter in the next few days outlining the recall process. Owners will be required to bring their vehicles back to dealers for reprogramming. The refit plan calls for new software to fix the cheat that allowed VW diesel cars to pass vehicle emissions.
Meantime, the deepening Dieselgate scandal, has started to have an impact outside Volkswagen as General Motors planned introduction of diesel versions of its popular midsized Colorado/Canyon pickups, according to today’s Automotive News. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has informed GM will not certify Duramax versions of the Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon pickup until the vehicles have been tested on the road and in the lab.
Similar to plans outlined late last week in the VW emissions scandal. When it unveiled its expanded plans for future emissions testing, EPA indicated it would reintroduce on-the-road testing of diesel vehicles. EPA has used this in the past in other emissions issues.