In a new record statement, the CEO said that he is “endlessly wretched that we betrayed the trust” of millions of public, though he did not address the reports of him being fired. German publication The Tagesspiegel reported that Winterkorn would be replaced by the head of Porsche, Matthias Mueller. A VW spokesman said that the reports were “ridiculous.”
“Swift and comprehensive clarification has now utmost priority,” the CEO said. “To make it very clear: management at VW must by no means happen again.”
The Volkswagen board was scheduled to meet this Friday to choose on extending Winterkorn’s contract until the end of 2018, but this scandal will likely have a huge effect on that choice. It is still unclear which Volkswagen executives had prior knowledge of the defeat devices, with Winterkorn’s speech making it seem as though he had no thought.
“At this point, I don’t have answers to all the questions,” he said. “But we’re in the process of ruthlessly investigating the issue. We will do all we can to earn your trust back, step by step,”
Volkswagen was initially cited for cheating on roughly half a million diesel cars in the U.S., but the company has since admitted that in this
This article originally appeared at Rawvehicle.com
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