Europe's biggest carmaker is working on a shift towards electric
cars and fuel-saving technologies as it looks to lower its
fleet-wide carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and to overcome its
diesel emissions scandal.
"We are now really trying to think out of the box and find
solutions that can be helpful at least in this transition period
of 10 to 20 years," Mueller said in the interview aired on
Separately, Mueller reiterated his opposition to offering
payments to European customers affected by VW's emissions
In the United States, VW has agreed to pay billions of dollars
in fines and compensation payouts since admitting in September
2015 to cheating on federal diesel emissions tests.
"This is a system-relevant company and it's my task to ensure
that this will continue to be the case," Mueller said. "I will
do nothing that disregards legal framework conditions and
jeopardizes the company."
Regarding divestments, two people familiar with the matter told
Reuters last week that VW is considering a possible sale of
Italian motorcycle maker Ducati.
In a separate comments in Austria's Kurier newspaper, Mueller
sidestepped the Ducati question, saying a company like VW must
always review its portfolio and that includes acquisitions as
well as sales.
(Reporting by Andreas Cremer in Frankfurt, Shadia Nasralla in
Vienna; editing by Jason Neely)
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