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Admission and apologies done, it’s time for action, and Volkswagen has announced its action plan to correct the “defeat devices” of affected diesel vehicles. It was earlier reported that the German government had given Wolfsburg until October 7 to come up with a solution.

In a first step, affected customers will be informed that the emissions characteristics of their vehicles will be corrected in the near future. All vehicles are technically safe and roadworthy, VW says.

Under the action plan, Volkswagen and other VW Group brands whose vehicles are affected (Audi, Skoda and SEAT) will present technical solutions and measures to the responsible authorities in October. Customers will be kept informed over the coming weeks and months, and each brand will set up national websites to update customers on developments.

An internal evaluation on Friday established that a recall is required for some five million vehicles from the Volkswagen brand (passenger cars) out of a total of 11 million cars from the VW Group affected worldwide. The cars, fitted with Type EA 189 diesel engines, include the Mk6 Golf, the seventh-gen Passat and the first Tiguan, among other models. New vehicles with EU6 engines are not affected.

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According to the Wall Street Journal, VW Group’s new CEO Matthias Muller addressed a group of more than 1,000 managers earlier this week, telling them that “nothing can justify deception and manipulation,” and that “the aim is to regain lost confidence. This requires an uncompromising and consistent clarification.”

The WSJ report shed light on the biggest recall in VW’s history, quoting Christian Buhlmann, the company’s spokesman for technical issues.

He said that the refitting will involve a change of software and possible hardware changes. The former can be performed quickly, and hardware changes will take at most a few hours. With the updated software, VW expects CO2 emissions and fuel consumption to rise, but only minimally, and still within environmental standards.

Hardware changes will involve cars with 1.2 and 1.6 litre TDI engines which aren’t sold in the US. It is necessary because a fuel injection pump has to be replaced to ensure a smooth ride. The 2.0 litre engines will only need a software update for Europe, but US standards are higher and it’s not yet certain if a reflash is sufficient there.

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