Volkswagen has announced the massive recall program in Europe will kick off in January next year.

Volkswagen has announced the massive recall program in Europe will kick off in January next year.

Speaking to German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Volkswagen’s newly appointed CEO Matthias Mueller said that if all goes according to plan, the recall rollout for European cars equipped with the EA189 Euro 5-compliant TDI engine will start in January 2016 and come to an end towards the end of the year. This includes no less than 8 million cars sold in the European Union and affects a multitude of models from the VW core brand, Audi, Skoda and SEAT as well as products from the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles division.

All these cars have 1.2 TDI, 1.6 TDI and 2.0 TDI engines which will receive a software update, but in some cases new injectors will be necessary or bigger catalytic converters, according to Mueller. He went on to specify sales in United States of diesel cars will continue as "it's a good powering system", even though this is where the scandal took off when EPA discovered VW illegally manipulated the emissions tests results for 482,000 cars.

According to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Muller also said four employees have been suspended so far, including three top managers. Although the identity of these three people has not been disclosed, most likely he was referring to Audi's development chief Ulrich Hackenberg along with VW's R&D boss Heinz-Jakob Neusser and Porsche's development head Wolfgang Hatz.

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