VW is still in full damage-control mode over its cheating diesel cars, and slowly but surely, the pieces are falling into place: if everything goes to plan, the first cars in Europe will be recalled in January 2016, to be finished by the end of 2016. That’s a long time to use a rental.
The details come courtesy of an interview with German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The interview only concerns cars in Europe, so the half-million polluting diesels in the US are still a mystery. We don’t know when they’ll be recalled, or whether the fix will be a software patch, or an entirely new car.
Thankfully, we do know that new VW boss Matthias Mueller thinks the problem is limited to a few employees, and that “this crisis gives us an opportunity to overhaul Volkswagen’s structures,” presumably starting with those that design software to evade emissions testing.