The new CEO of Volkswagen, Matthias Mueller, has said to a German newspaper in an interview that recalls for affected diesel cars will begin in January 2016. The company expects to finish fixing issues by the end of next year.
Mueller told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), "If all goes according to plan, we can start the recall in January. All the cars should be fixed by the end of 2016."
The new CEO told FAZ that he believes only a few employees were involved in rigging diesel engines with the software that helped the company pass emission tests. This damaged the company's reputation badly.
But, Mueller says that in two to three years, the company will shine again and what is needed is an evolution, rather than a revolution.
He also claimed that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was informed about the problematic diesel engines well before it went public. He said, "Based on our understanding of the law, we informed in time."
Mueller also said that VW will become slimmer, more decentralised and give the brands more responsibility.
Currently, VW and Audi have launched websites for German customers to check if their cars are affected by the cheat software installed in diesel cars. Customers can also take their cars directly to a dealer to get it checked.