By on October 7, 2015


Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller told German authorities that the company would begin recalling cars in Europe in January and that fixes those cars take roughly one year to complete, Automotive News reported.

Müller told German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that the company found 9.5 million affected cars, not 11 million, that would need to be fixed. Müller didn’t specify what the fixes for cars would be, but said that the company was preparing “thousands” of solutions for its cars that cheated emission tests. Müller said the company would replace cars in certain circumstances.

It’s unclear when recalls for the 482,000 cars in the U.S. would start.

Müller said most cars would need reprogrammed software, some would need bigger injectors and others could get larger catalytic converters, CNN reported.

German authorities mandated Volkswagen present a fix for their cars today. Despite the lack of specifics on how the automaker would fix its cars, German investors responded favorably, boosting Volkswagen’s stock up 8 percent on Wednesday.

Volkswagen’s supervisory board was scheduled to meet Wednesday for “crisis talks,” Reuters reported. The board will be looking for evidence on who is responsible for the German automaker’s historic undoing. Müller told FAZ that all options for saving the company were on the table, including selling off brands such as Bugatti to save cash.

“We will turn over every stone and look in the well,” Müller said.

[Photo credit: Volkswagen AG [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons]

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10 Comments on “Müller: Volkswagen Recalling European Cars Starting in January...”

  • avatar

    Any others?

    One of the previous articles stated that the Mazda diesel came out the worst in actual use among those tested.

    Any followup on that?

    • 0 avatar

      This may be true and relevant, but the headline is that VW used a mechanism to purposely cheat the test.

      Doubt something like that will be found on Mazda cars, but you never know!

      • 0 avatar
        George B

        Yes, the specific issue is that Volkswagen received certification for an emissions control configuration that doesn’t exist on the highway. Manufacturers can game the system by optimizing their emissions controls to pass the EPA test cycle, but they can’t change how it works on the highway to something different from what was certified. An analogy would be installing muffler cutouts on a car despite a specific law that prohibits them vs. a fairly loud exhaust system that works the same during testing/inspections as it would on the street. The always loud exhaust isn’t trying to hide anything.

    • 0 avatar

      That particular report annoyed me for its lack of specifics. Did they measure tailpipe emissions on some random car pulled over, or did they run the emissions test itself? I bet 90% of new cars would exceed emissions test values if tested at random. Emissions test values are not the same as real world values.

      ETA: To be clear, I mean that the values obtained during the EPA emissions test aren’t necessarily the same as the values from a random car, and neither has any bearing on how annual pollution tests report things for registration. The articles were not at all clear on the differences.

      • 0 avatar

        The discrepancies between actual and test values are not as far apart as they are for a car with a defeat device. Real life emissions are bound to be higher based on road conditions, driving style, etc.

        Imagine a gasser as bone stock, and heavily modified with a stage 3 tune, a cat delete, evap delete, etc. The latter will perform better and will spew tons more of everything than the former.

  • avatar

    Bond villain. Could use some melanin.

  • avatar

    Why does it seem like this is going to be much ado about nothing and the world (and VW) will go on. Just like Toyota’s floor mats and GM’s ignition issues. Shrug.

  • avatar

    Credit Where Credit is Due Dept.- Thanks, AC, for not headlining this “VW Wants your TDI in the Shop for a Year.” But by your ungrammatical lead sentence, that might be the case.

    Remember, proofread twice, publish once.

  • avatar

    Does anyone know how a TDI would perform in ordinary usage if the “defeat mode” worked all the time? Wouldn’t it be amazing if defeat mode just resulted in another second for 0 to 60, or three fewer MPG.

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