Volkswagen AG aims to reach a settlement with the U.

S. government over a criminal investigation before a new president takes office on Jan. 20, which would remove a major hurdle as the German carmaker attempts to recover from the diesel scandal.

“Of course we’d wish to have a final decision before the American government -- and with it, the authorities -- change, so that we can have certainty,” Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller said today during a conference in Hamburg. While he’s “disappointed” that the investigations have continued for so long, negotiations with U.S. regulators are “very good,” Mueller said.

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Volkswagen Presses For Criminal Investigation Settlement BEFORE Government Changeover

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