"We will review and potentially cancel further expenditures or spread them out to a greater extent in the next few weeks, but without putting our future viability at risk," explained Müller. "Together with the Works Council representatives we will make every effort to keep our core workforce on board."
Some models will get the boot, of course. Volkswagen's dozen brands sell approximately 300 models, which can't survive in the context of a global scandal that's now believed to cost about €20 billion to fix.
However, nobody in VW land seems to want to give up on anything other than the Phaeton. Most of the remaining 12 billion euros for 2016 will go towards the development and launch of the all-new Golf VIII, the Audi Q5, the new VW Crafter plant in Poland, as well as "upfront expenditures for the modularelectric toolkit (MEB)."
While Muller is delaying the opening of some production facilities and may end up closing the Dresden factory that makes the Phaeton, he's giving €100 million more than planned to the people making EVs.
"We are not going to make the mistake of economizing on our future. For this reason we are planning to further increase spending on the development of e-mobility and digitalization," he said.