VW launches consumer site, vows quick fix

David Shepardson
Detroit News Washington Bureau

Volkswagen of America on Sunday launched a new consumer information site vowing to fix the 482,000 diesel cars in the United States that are committing excess pollution as "soon as possible."

The German automaker has admitted to installing "defeat devices" in 11 million vehicles worldwide and has set aside $7.3 billion to address the problem. The companies long time CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned last week and the company named the new CEO Friday — one of a series of management changes.

"Volkswagen is committed to finding a remedy as soon as possible. We want to assure customers and owners of these models that their automobiles are safe to drive, and we are working to develop a remedy that will meet the expectations of the government agencies," the company said in a post on vwdieselinfo.com.

The Justice Department, at least 29 State Attorney Generals, German prosecutors and environmental regulators around the world are investigating.

The EPA has barred VW from selling the 2016 diesel cars and VW has issued a stop sale for remaining 2015 diesel cars that are in dealer showrooms.

"You may have noticed that we have stopped advertising our latest TDI models. We did this as an interim step while we seek the government approvals that will allow us to offer our 2.0L 4-cylinder TDI models for sale," VW said. "We are committed to making this right and preventing it from ever happening again. We will bring these TDI vehicles into compliance with the federal and state emissions regulations."