Automotive

Volkswagen to Take Part in Diesel Solution

The Chief Executive of the German automotive company Volkswagen AG, Matthias Mueller, said the automaker is dedicated to settling the issues on diesel pollution as it rebounds from the emissions test scandal in 2015.

He also said the company had “an excellent year” in 2017 and will improve its efforts to address diesel pollution.

Volkswagen is employing necessary moves to help lessen diesel emanations and settle the 2015 emissions scandal, with 160, 000 older diesel removed from the road through trade-in incentives, and software updated on four million vehicles to minimize emissions.

The automaker would be “part of the solution” in searching for ways to settle the dispute over diesel concern, Mueller said.

Environmentalists are urging for bans on older diesel-powered cars in German cities with high levels of pollution.

On Tuesday at the company’s annual news conference in Berlin, Mueller indicated a positive outlook after record sales of 10.7 million vehicles in 2017.

“We are on the offensive and we’re going to stay that way,” he said.

Moreover, according to Mueller, conventional combustion engines would take a vital part in the company’s effort to meet stiff European Union restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions by 2021.

However, the company would spend 34 billion euro on electric vehicles, autonomous driving, and new mobility services by the end of 2022.

In 2015, Volkswagen paid more than 20 billion euro in fines and legal settlements after it was caught rigging vehicles to cheat on U.S. diesel emissions tests.

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