Belfast Telegraph

English to replace German as Volkswagen conference language by 2021

German car maker Volkswagen has said its staff will speak more English as it makes reforms following the diesel emissions scandal.

The firm's head of human resources, Karlheinz Blessing, announced that "in the future, English is to be the group language".

It will replace German at conferences involving company bosses by 2021, but not during informal discussions or among workers on the assembly line.

The Wolfsburg-based manufacturer also announced an intention to help more women occupy senior roles.

On September 18 last year US regulators told Volkswagen to recall 482,000 diesel cars after discovering they contained illegal defeat devices.

The Environmental Protection Agency said the software allowed cars to release fewer smog-causing pollutants during tests than in real-world driving conditions.

It then emerged that about 11 million cars worldwide were fitted with the software, including 1.2 million in the UK.

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