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Federal Environment Minister Hendricks has sharply criticized the carmaker. Apparently there are grievances in management here and there, said the SPD politician. Meanwhile, VW announced that it would retrofit four million diesels
Shortly before the German government's diesel summit on August 2, Volkswagen announced that it would improve the exhaust emissions of additional cars. The group will offer to retrofit a total of four million vehicles and thus significantly reduce emissions, said CEO Matthias Müller on Thursday after a conversation with Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks (SPD) in Wolfsburg.
According to the company, this is 1.5 million additional vehicles. Volkswagen has already had to convert around 2.5 million cars after the scandal over manipulated emissions.
Review from Hendricks
Hendricks was unusually sharp about the auto industry and the relationship between politics and manufacturers. "It is probably the case that in the past the state has too often failed to distance itself from the automotive industry." This made the industry feel “too safe”. The latest allegations of cartel agreements by corporations have destroyed further trust. There are “apparently here or there maladministration”.
Hendricks called for an additional control authority to be set up outside the Federal Ministry of Transport, for example at the Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection. Müller emphasized: "We are aware of our responsibility for the environment and for our jobs." VW wants to make a contribution to the success of the summit to which Hendricks and Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt (CSU) invited. "I think it's good to talk to each other and not talk about each other," said the VW boss. He hoped that the summit "will be a serious matter - not a staging, not a campaign topic." Part of the truth is "that we will also need clean and efficient internal combustion engines in the future in a transition phase to electromobility." (AG / dpa)
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