Quoted: Volkswagen CEO says sorry for emissions scandal, shows off electric vehicles

“We disappointed our customers, and the American people, for which I am truly sorry and for which I apologize. We are doing everything we can to make things right.”

Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen, on Tuesday addressed his company’s emissions scandal before showing off a couple of electric vehicles at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The comments by Diess came after the United States this week filed a civil lawsuit against the German company, which last year admitted to using software in millions of its cars to cheat emissions standards. The U.S. suit applies to more than 500,000 cars in this country, and could result in billions of dollars of fines. The company also could still face criminal charges, according to the Associated Press.

Diess, who took the helm in September after previous CEO Martin Winterkorn was forced to step down because of the scandal, says the company’s proposed fixes to about 8.5 million affected vehicles have been approved and are under way in Europe, while VW is still talking with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (and the California Air Resources Board, as we’ve written) about fixes in the United States.


Photo: Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess, shown with the company’s BUDD-e — a concept electric van that brings to mind the iconic VW Microbus — speaks at CES 2016 at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on January 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (David Becker/Getty Images)


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