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Volkswagen to recall 8.5 million vehicles in Europe

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Volkswagen's CEO Matthias Muller called for a change of the German company's structures and culture as it announced it will recall 8.5 million vehicles in Europe because of emissions rigging.

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"The basic principle can be summed up as follows: The group will in future be managed more decentralized - brands and regions become much more independent," Muller said in a speech to managers at a plant in Leipzig, Germany.

Volkswagen also said the group will in January start to fix 8.5 million cars of its VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat brands in Europe. The measures will be at no extra cost to customers. Those technical solutions can involve software as well as hardware measures, which are currently being developed.

In his speech in Leipzig, Muller said key elements of Volkswagen's Strategy 2018 announced eight years ago will remain in place and elements including customer satisfaction, quality and sustainability have become more important. The strategy must be adapted with a view on 2025.

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