By Timothy Cama - 01/11/16 01:10 PM EST
The head of Volkswagen Group plans to present possible solutions to the company's emissions cheating scandal when he meets with the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week.
Speaking at the Detroit International Auto Show, Volkswagen chief Matthias Mueller said he hopes his meeting Wednesday with EPA head Gina McCarthyGina McCarthyOvernight Energy: Officials close in on new global emissions deal EPA chief: US, negotiators nearing new emissions deal Overnight Energy: Warren defends Exxon probe | Pipeline firm reaches 7M oil spill settlement MORE will result in a final solution to the controversy.
Volkswagen called for the meeting with McCarthy.
The Germany-based automaker might have to recall the 600,000 diesel-powered cars that the EPA found last year had been programmed to cheat on air pollution tests.
The company admitted that the cars emitted up to 40 times more nitrogen oxides than allowed, but internal software reduced the emissions for regulators’ tests. About 11 million cars worldwide have the same software feature.
McCarthy said last week that months of negotiations between the EPA and Volkswagen yielded no result that the federal government could accept.
That’s what drove the Justice Department to sue the company last week for more than $20 billion in Clean Air Act fines.