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VW ordered to recall 2.4 million cars in Germany with cheat software
October 15, 2015 09:34 CET -- UPDATED: Oct. 15 11:25 CET - adds recall start timing
MUNICH -- Germany's federal transport authority, the KBA, will force Volkswagen to recall 2.4 million vehicles in the country affected by the automaker's software that can cheat emissions tests.
German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt today said the KBA had ordered VW to start a mandatory recall of the cars at the start of 2016.
"The KBA will monitor the start of the recall action and its progress," Dobrindt told reporters in Berlin.
The German plan is expected to be a framework for what VW will need to do throughout Europe, where some 8 million diesel vehicles were fitted with software capable of cheating vehicle emissions tests.
VW had previously said it aims to start a recall of affected cars in January and complete fixes by the end of next year. German daily Bild reported that the KBA rejected a proposal by VW under which owners of the affected diesel cars could voluntarily bring in their cars for fixes. VW today said it had not received any orders from the KBA.
The KBA and other European national authorities were due to provide an update to the European Commission in Brussels today on investigations of the emissions scandal in their respective markets.
VW is under pressure to identify those responsible for the wrongdoing. The automaker has been criticized by politicians, investors and consumers for the time it is taking to produce answers.
Police today raided the Italian headquarters of VW in Verona and its Lamborghini subsidiary in Bologna as part of a judicial investigation into alleged commercial fraud, Reuters reported.
VW admitted last month that it had installed software in diesel vehicles to deceive U.S. regulators about the true level of their toxic NOx emissions. It has said up to 11 million vehicles were affected worldwide. The vehicles include 5 million at VW brand, 2.1 million at Audi, 1.2 million at Skoda, 700,000 at Seat and 1.8 million light commercial vehicles.
VW's managing director in Britain, Paul Willis, said he did not believe there were more revelations to come in the scandal. "I don't think there is more to come out, that's my personal opinion," Willis told a committee of British lawmakers today.
When asked about VW's discussions with U.S. regulators over a new emissions-control device on 2016 diesel models and implications elsewhere, Willis said: "I think we need to separate what's happened in the United States."
Reuters and Bloomberg contributed to this report