Volkswagen's top executive is traveling to Washington to meet face to face with the nation's head environmental regulator.
VW global CEO Matthias Mueller is set to meet Wednesday with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy. EPA says the meeting was scheduled at the company's request.
The meeting comes as the German automaker and U.S. regulators are at an apparent impasse over how to proceed with the expected recall of more than a half million diesel vehicles sold with secret software that illegally turns emissions controls on during government tests, then turns them off on real roads. Mueller has apologized for the scandal, but denies he knew of the scheme.
The Justice Department on Monday filed a civil suit against VW, potentially exposing the company to billions in fines.