VW probe to take ‘several months’

Volkswagen, which is already implementing a 5 billion euro cost savings programme at its VW brand, imposed a hiring freeze at its financing arm and cut a shift at a German engine factory on Tuesday, in a sign it is bracing for a hit to business.


“There’s been no news whatsoever from Volkswagen, from the dealer, any letter, any phone call, nothing whatsoever”, said Giacomo Corrado, who lives outside San Francisco and leases a diesel Golf.

Europe’s biggest carmaker has admitted cheating in diesel emissions tests on around 11 million diesel vehicles.

Under existing company rules, Volkswagen could issue about 8 billion euros of preference shares, which do not carry voting rights, Warburton said. Other group brands such as Audi (2.1 million cars), Skoda (1.2 million cars) and Seat (700,000 cars) are also involved.

“We will emerge from this crisis stronger, too”.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has broadened its investigation to include at least 28 diesel-powered vehicle models made by those companies, according to the Financial Times.

This means that Volkswagen should push back an extraordinary general meeting planned for November. 9 – at which finance chief Hans Dieter Poetsch was due to be named to the supervisory board – the committee said in a statement on Thursday.

The source familiar with the matter told Reuters an engineer questioned in the company’s internal probe had warned of illegal practices in emissions measurement as far back as 2011, but that no action was taken.

Volkswagen on Friday, whereas the U.S. Department of Justice was reported on September 21 to have started a criminal investigation.

“We all want clean air to breathe, but motorists will understandably be anxious about the MPG (miles per gallon) implications of these so-called corrections on the cars many will have bought on the strength of their fuel economy”. Berlin has in the past lobbied the European Union against tougher regulations on carmakers.

VW spokeswoman Jeannine Ginivan said she did not have any information about whether or not sales of gas-powered models slowed after news broke about the cheating.

Shareholder advisory firm Hermes EOS said on Monday it had “real doubts” about Volkswagen’s decision to appoint company insiders to top jobs to tackle the crisis. They must take personal responsibility.


“Member states will try their utmost to keep that power with their national type approval authorities – despite the fact that it is clear they have not done much more than indeed approve vehicles”, he said.

Salesmen wait for customers at a Volkswagen dealership in Woodbridge Virginia on Tuesday