New VW boss appointed amid scandal

New VW boss appointed amid scandal

image68162_cVolkswagen Group has appointed the head of its Porsche unit as chief executive – and the man who will need to deal with the company’s global diesel cheating scandal.

Matthias Mueller has replaced long-time VW boss Martin Wintercorn, who resigned last week as details of the diesel emissions rort emerged.

Mueller, 62, has vowed to win back the trust of its customers.

“Under my leadership, Volkswagen will do all it can to develop and implement the strictest compliance and governance standards in the whole industry,” he said.

Acting chairman Berthold Huber apologised unreservedly for Volkswagen’s purposeful deception of some diesel vehicles’ emissions levels.

Huber has reportedly said that some employees have been put “on leave” until the exact details of the diesel cheat were uncovered.

“I want to be very clear,” said Huber, “the manipulation of tests for diesel engines is a moral and political disaster.”

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