Report: Volkswagen Investigation May Take Months

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole

A meeting of Volkswagen executives revealed Thursday that the internal investigation into how the company produced 11 million cars with illegal “defeat devices” to cheat emissions tests will take several months, Reuters (via Automotive News) reported.

The supervisory board said in light of the ongoing investigation, the automaker would push back its scheduled meeting in November, where it was expected to name Hans Dieter Pötsch as chairman.

“In view of the time available and the matters to be considered, it would not be realistic to provide well-founded answers which would fulfill the shareholder’s justified expectations,” it said according to Reuters, adding a court would appoint Poetsch to the board, after which he would be elected chairman.

The board said it would notify the public next week of any possible fixes engineers have developed for its cars. VW’s Czech Skoda Auto notified authorities there that a fix would take until the end of October for its 148,000 cars in that country.

German’s transportation authority gave Volkswagen until Oct. 7 to propose a solution for its cars or face a ban from German roads.

Join the conversation
9 of 26 comments
  • Flybrian Flybrian on Oct 01, 2015

    For what its worth, simply replacing the 'D' with an 'S' and telling people it has lifter noise could actually minimize one's loss come trade-in time.

    • FreedMike FreedMike on Oct 01, 2015

      And then the awkward moment when the buyer grenades the engine running it on gasoline...

  • RogerB34 RogerB34 on Oct 01, 2015

    Now is the time to buy a VW TDI.

    • See 3 previous
    • Chuckrs Chuckrs on Oct 02, 2015

      @JohnTaurus The very few aftermarket tunes I've considered included a way to switch between original tune and aftermarket, either with a Durametric cable and PC or via a specific sequence of button pushing.

  • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Oct 01, 2015

    Why would a court appoint Poetsch to the board?

  • STRATOS STRATOS on Oct 02, 2015

    The EPA should have used a dynamometer where all wheels are rotating at the same time and this would never happen.Very easy to fool the testers.