October 7, 2020 | News | No Comments
Top-ranking Volkswagen officials on Friday cast blame for the company’s large-scale diesel emissions-fixing scandal on a small number of unidentified and relatively low-level engineers and technicians.
In public statements issued at the company’s headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, new CEO Matthias Müller condemned the “unlawful behavior of engineers and technicians involved in engine development.”
Müller, former head of Porsche, took over after Martin Winterkorn resigned from the position of CEO earlier this week claiming he is “not aware” of any wrongdoing on his part.
The company built a software “defeat device” that allowed cars to cheat on emissions control tests and spew up to 40 times the level of pollutants legally permitted. The scandal is now known to have affected 11 million cars worldwide.
Echoing Müller, other top officials publicly condemned the lower-ranking workers they say are responsible.
Bernd Osterloh, chairperson of the company’s work council who also sits on the executive committee, charged: “A small group has done damage to our company. We need a climate where mistakes are not hidden.”
Berthold Huber, acting head of the company’s supervisory board, stated: “The supervisory board has, on the basis of current information, recommended suspending some employees immediately until the whole case is cleared up.” It is not immediately clear who faced disciplinary action.
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