Volkswagen Logo, Oct. 7, 2015
A Volkswagen logo stands next to a closed-circuit television security camera in Wolfsburg, Germany, Oct. 7, 2015. Reuters/Axel Schmidt

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Volkswagen will freeze managerial promotions next year at its VW division as part of a savings drive to help meet the cost of a scandal over diesel emissions tests, a German business magazine reported on Saturday.

The German company also plans to re-use as many parts as possible in the next generation of its popular Golf model to save hundreds of millions of euros, according to the Manager Magazin report, which cited Volkswagen sources.

Europe's largest carmaker is battling the biggest business crisis in its 78-year history after admitting last month it installed software in diesel vehicles to deceive U.S. regulators about the true level of their toxic emissions.

Manager Magazin said Volkswagen now saw the costs of the scandal exceeding 30 billion euros ($33.1 billion), most of which new Chief Executive Matthias Mueller planned to record at the VW brand, sparing its more upmarket Audi and Porsche subsidiaries.

Volkswagen, which could not immediately be reached for comment on Saturday's report, has said it will cut investment plans at its VW division -- the largest by revenue -- and speed up cost cutting.

According to Manager Magazin, Volkswagen also aims to improve productivity and efficiency at VW plants as part of the savings drive, which could lead to job losses.

It cited company sources as saying no cuts to headcount had been agreed with workers' representatives so far.