Volkswagen Will Recall, 'Refit' 11 Million Cars in Coming Days

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole

New Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller told about 1,000 high-level managers Monday that the company had a “comprehensive” fix for its cars, and that the solution would be forthcoming.

“We are facing a long trudge and a lot of hard work,” Müller said, according to Reuters.”We will only be able to make progress in steps and there will be setbacks.”

Müller said the company would ask consumers “in the next few days” to bring their cars in to be refitted. It’s unclear if the recall program would be a software or ECU fix, or if it would include a selective catalytic reduction system (urea or AdBlue) to bring the diesel Volkswagens down to a legal emissions level.

Volkswagen faces an Oct. 7 deadline by the German federal transportation authority to present a plan to bring its cars up to compliance or be banned from German roads.

Recalling 11 million cars — 5 million VWs, 2.1 million Audis, 1.2 million Skodas and 1.8 million light commercial vehicles — would be one of the largest roundups in automotive history. Volkswagen set aside $7.3 billion to deal with the scandal last week.

Müller also pointed to VW’s eventual restructuring, according to Reuters. The company may be decentralized and given more autonomy, similar to Porsche and Audi, which are under the same Volkswagen parent group.

After they stop hemorrhaging money, of course.

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  • GermanReliabilityMyth GermanReliabilityMyth on Sep 29, 2015

    Poor Müller. He got saddled with a huge albatross hatched by Winterkorn. It's like having two kids and one is playing quietly in their room while the other breaks a lamp on the other side of the house. Then the parent makes the first kid minding their Ps and Qs clean up the other's mess after being sent to time out. I understand why a regime change would be ideal as soon as possible, but executives that create a crapstorm should have to clean up their own mess. It almost seems like a mercy to release them right away.

  • AtomB AtomB on Sep 29, 2015

    That factory needs more flying pig.

  • EAF EAF on Sep 29, 2015

    I'm watching a movie on FX and a "Truth in Engineering" Audi commercial came on, hahaha hilarious!!! I had forgotten about this iconic and now ironic slogan. :-)

  • RHD RHD on Sep 30, 2015

    If VW can repair 3000 cars per day, it will still take over 10 years (working 7 days a week without holidays) to fix them all. Most likely they will be just writing a bunch of checks. Maybe they will offer VERY generous trade allowances...

    • DeadWeight DeadWeight on Sep 30, 2015

      The fix VW has thus far proposed (very quickly) is a disingenuous attempt to pacify regulators at home (in VW's corporate house and in Germany) and abroad, another only true method of getting NOx emissions down to acceptable, mandated levels in real world driving is through the use of urea injection (DEF) plus probably some additional HARDWARE modifications. I'm amazed that so many apparently believe an ECU reflash could possibly suffice to significantly reduce excessive emissions, let alone do so without severely compromising driveability, performance and reliability/durability of major components. Ultimately, if regulators are competent and serious in seeing the affected vehicles pass current emissions standards, VW's path of least resistance economically and politically will be to buy the affected vehicles back, which is going to be exceptionally expensive, but necessary as there is no real "fix" such as is being proposed.