Scandal-hit VW to press on with diesel offensive in US

BERLIN : Chief Volkswagen Matthias Mueller said on Wednesday that embattled group would press on with its diesel marketing offensive in the United States, despite a massive government lawsuit over its pollution cheating scandal.

The German auto giant plunged into its biggest crisis over revelations that it had installed software in 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide aimed at skewing pollution data.

The scandal first came to light in the United States, where the government on Monday sued Volkswagen for more than $20 billion (18 billion euros) over the scam.

Nevertheless, Mueller further said VW would maintain its bid to grow its diesel market in the United States.

I see no reason to not at least try. He acknowledged that VW had made a mistake in installing the rogue software, but pointed out that without diesel, it is almost impossible for our industry to reach our carbon emissions target.

Electric vehicles are only likely to be as cost efficient as fuel-driven cars in the next five to 10 years he saiduntil then we need diesel, he added.

Agencies

 

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