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The Volkswagen Group has been told it has until October 7 to come up with a solution to fix its on-going ‘Dieselgate’ crisis, amidst on-going criminal investigations for fraud against its former CEO, Martin Winterkorn, who resigned on September 24.

According to news reports, the German government has served the country’s biggest automaker with a letter demanding a “binding plan” and “schedule” to fix the 11 million Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda diesel vehicles that have been equipped with the “defeat devices” that allowed them to be manipulated to pass exhaust emissions tests.

The reports add that the letter delivered to Volkswagen was signed by German transport minister Alexander Dobrindt, and that should a solution not be provided by the given date, a ban on the some 2.8 million vehicles in Germany is set to be enforced, preventing them from being driven on its roads.

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Recently, Switzerland enforced a ban on up to 180,000 Volkswagen vehicles that are said to be EU5 emissions compliant, but were also equipped with the “defeat devices.” Italy is reportedly going to be the next country to follow suit, having halted the sales of some 2,500 vehicles so far. Still, both these figures are a far cry from the 2.8 million the German government is considering.

On top of this, the former Volkswagen Group CEO, Martin Winterkorn, is also facing stern action from German prosecutors for his involvement in the diesel scandal, with criminal investigations reportedly underway over his involvement in the matter. This follows the US Department of Justice’s criminal investigations towards Winterkorn and other executives in the company who were knowingly involved in the scandal.

Winterkorn was of course replaced recently by former Porsche boss, Matthias Muller.