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VW needs to step on pedal to solve emission problem, says US

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Volkswagen chief executive Matthias Mueller has met with the top US environmental official just a day after US regulators rejected a plan to fix hundreds of thousands of diesel cars with excess emissions

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Regulators told Volkswagen its plan was inadequate and not fast enough.

Mueller met with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy for an hour on Wednesday along with Herbert Diess, head of the company’s VW brand, and left around 11 am local time from the agency’s headquarters without making any comments.

“We appreciate the time that Administrator McCarthy took to meet with us,” the company said in a statement.

“Volkswagen will continue to fully cooperate.”

The German carmaker declined to answer questions about the meeting, which Volkswagen had requested .

“We appreciated the conversation with Volkswagen,” McCarthy said.

“We will continue to work toward a solution.”

In Detroit, Chris Grundler, head of the agency’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, said at an Automotive News forum that the agency wanted a fix as soon as possible.

“We are in a hurry,” he said but offered no timetable for approving a fix or offering details on why VW’s initial proposal fell short.

On his first US visit since the emissions scandal erupted in September, Mueller has been meeting with government officials in Washington since late Monday.

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