Volkswagen announces Matthias Müller as new chief executive

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Volkswagen has named Matthias Müller, the boss of its Porsche division, as its new chief executive.

Müller will be tasked with restoring the company’s battered reputation after an emissions test cheating scandal broke last week.

“My most urgent task is to win back trust for the Volkswagen Group – by leaving no stone unturned and with maximum transparency, as well as drawing the right conclusions from the current situation,” Müller said.

The new chief executive also said that restoring the company’s reputation was his top priority:

“At no point was the safety of our customers in danger. We will now have even stricter compliance. Our objective is that the people continue to use and drive our vehicles with confidence and pleasure. That’s 80 million people driving our cars worldwide.”

The company admitted using so-called defeat devices that mask the true level of a vehicle’s emissions during US tests.

The US Environmental Protection Agency found that the affected VW and Audi cars emit 10 times to 40 times the legal limit of harmful nitrogen emissions during normal driving.

As many as 11 million cars around the world could be affected.

Müller replaces Martin Winterkorn, who resigned this week to give the auto giant “a fresh start”.

The UK has announced a probe into emissions testing as a result of the revelations.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the probe, which could include redoing lab tests, would “ensure that this issue is not industry wide”.

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September 26, 2015 |
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