Ready for bygones to be bygones… after paying their billions of dollars worth of fines, of course.
CEO of Volkswagen Group Matthias Mueller is confident the company will reach an agreement with regulators in the United States on a technical fix for their diesel cars affected by the emission scandal.
The United States has proven the most difficult market to appease following the scandal. There is still no fix for nearly 600,000 affected cars in the country more than five months after the emissions scandal broke. Deliveries were down nearly 15 percent in January of this year compared to 2015 and four states have filed lawsuits against the company. The US Justice Department has further sued Volkswagen for up to 46 billion dollars for violating their environmental laws. However, despite all of this, somehow Mueller sees a positive resolution down the line.
“In the United States we are working intensely with the respective authorities on a sustainable overall solution,” Mueller is quoted as telling a reception at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. “We continue to be in constructive talks.” Earlier in the week, Mueller reportedly told Reuters TV that he did not believe that US authorities were being too hard on the company, though they were pushing “very strongly” on steps to resolve the scandal.
He stated that the company is “progressing well” in its efforts to investigate the circumstances of the scandal and will draw “the right conclusions” from their findings, expected to be published later on in the year. Mueller also reiterated that the company – who are Europe’s biggest automaker – will succeed in winning back customers’ trust after admitting to the cheating which affected over 11 million cars globally. “We have started a lot of customer-relation programs, I’m very convinced it will work very well,” he said. We have previously reported on a similar speech made by Mueller, only back then he initially declared that “[Volkswagen] will certainly be a loser in the U.S.” We don’t know what changed his mind, but we are never one to point out that someone’s glass is actually half-empty.