FRANKFURT (Reuters) -- Volkswagen has set an end of November deadline for its whistleblower program meant to encourage staff to reveal to investigators what they know about the rigging of diesel-emission tests, a German newspaper reported.
VW aims to increase the pressure on employees who had knowledge of the scandal but fear they could lose their jobs if the information comes to light, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung said in a report.
VW is promising staff they will keep their jobs and will be exempt from damage claims if they shed light on the scandal, but board members and levels of management directly below the board are excluded from the scheme, Sueddeutsche Zeitung said.
The initial results of the amnesty program are encouraging, the paper said, citing VW sources.
Originally the deadline was set for the end of December but VW's top management now believes that would draw out the investigation for too long, especially as VW is under pressure for results from the U.S. authorities, Sueddeutsche Zeitung said.
VW has hired advisory firm Deloitte and U.S. law firm Jones Day to investigate under what circumstances the company installed software into diesel cars that changed engine settings to reduce emissions whenever the vehicle was put through tests.
The scandal erupted on Sept. 18 when U.S. authorities exposed VW's use of "defeat devices" to cheat tests for NOx emissions. VW later disclosed that "cheat" software was installed in up to 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide. The scandal widened with VW's revelation last week that it had also understated CO2 emissions.
VW was not immediately available for comment.
Automotive News Europe contributed to this report