Volkswagen’s new CEO has said the the company will begin a mass recall of cars affected by the emissions scandal in January
Speaking to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper, CEO Matthias Mueller also said only a small number of employees were involved in rigging emission levels on diesel engines at the German car manufacturer.
Europe’s biggest carmaker said emissions test cheating software is present in 11 million diesel vehicles.
Mr Mueller told the German newspaper that the company would need to become smaller and less centralized and would therefore look into its numerous brands, including its Bugatti supercar.
Earlier, Mr Mueller told employees at VW’s Wolfsburg home plant in Germany the firm is facing changes that “will not be painless”.
Mr Mueller also refuted suggestions his predecessor Martin Winterkorn must have known about the practice.
Mr Winterkorn quit as Volkswagen boss last month after it was revealed that millions of diesel vehicles worldwide were fitted with software to defeat emissions testing.
This crisis gives us an opportunity to overhaul Volkswagen’s structures,” he told Reuters, adding that the firm could “shine again” in two to three years.
“We will do everything to ensure that Volkswagen will stand for good and secure jobs in the future,” he added.
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