LONG WAY TO GO: Volkswagen will start a process in January to fix 8.5-milllion cars in Europe, which were fitted with a device to cheat emissions tests. Image: AFP / Michael Sohn
Las Vegas, Nevada - The top executive of the Volkswagen brand says he's optimistic that US Environmental regulators will approve fixes within the coming weeks or months for diesel engines that cheat emissions tests.
VW brand CEO, Herbert Diess, says the company is having constructive discussions with the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board.
Diess says VW already has received approval to fix 8.5 million cheating cars in Europe. Repairs will start in January 2016 and most will be fixed this year.
US fix could take years?
Vehicles in the US are more problematic because they emit up to 40 times more toxic nitrogen oxide than allowed. Fixes could be complicated and take several years.
Diess spoke as the company unveiled a concept of an electric Microbus.
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