VW's US reputation won't suffer long amid emissions scandal, German official says
Washington, DC -- Volkswagen AG's standing in the United States should not suffer long-term damage from an discharges-cheating scandal that H-AS paid down sales and added billions of dollars of recall-associated prices, Germany's transportation minister mentioned during a visit to DC.
Alexander Dobrindt, a minister in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government, told reporters Tuesday he considers U.S. regulators see as a-one-time event VW's entry that it evaded clean air regulations.
"Chancellor got the feeling the U.S. authorities see this as one particular issue, specifically the technical problems related with Volkswagen," Dobrindt stated at the German embassy.
Dobrindt met Monday with U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to discuss Germany's' probe of Volkswagen for installing computer software in millions of automobiles that enabled it to cheat on diesel emissions tests.
Chancellor met with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Tuesday.
"Transportation made quite clear again that we in Germany and Europe possess an excellent fascination with diesel engineering," he stated. "The United States Environmental Protection Agency overly expressed deal with this particular position and recognized and highlighted the roleplayed by diesel engines in lowering carbon emissions."
"US Environmental Protection Agency avoided any opinion on legal details of the scandal," Dobrindt stated. "Their emphasis right now is about the specialized details of the problem."
It's going to be at least a couple more months before there is a a time table for Volkswagen recalls in the United States of America, Dobrindt stated.
"In the US there are nevertheless no programs for a complete recall, there's nevertheless no obvious class for how the specialized aspects will be managed," Chancellor said. "It'll consider another couple of months before we understand the way the technical changes may be produced."
The United States Environmental Protection Agency as well as the California Air Resources Board revealed in September that Volkswagen rigged automobiles to move emissions checks. Sales have slowed enough that the Wolfsburg, Germany-based firm lost its lead-in international vehicle sales.
Toyota Motor Corp. stated Monday it offered 7.49 million automobiles world-wide through September, compared with 7.43 million for Volkswagen.
Dobrindt vowed to perform together with his U.S. counterparts as investigations on both sides of the Atlantic carry on. Germany's choice to talk about information on its own probe with authorities in the United States should not be considered outstanding, Dobrindt stated.
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