New Volkswagen Executive Quits Before Even Starting

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New Volkswagen Executive Quits Before Even Starting

The man recently put in charge to run Volkswagen North America has quit before even officially starting his new job.

Winfried Vahland, who is also the chairman of VW brand Skoda, will be leaving the Volkswagen Group, and, apparently, it has nothing to do with the fact that the German company is embroiled in the diesel scandal. Vahland was appointed to the role less than three weeks ago.

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“Differing views on the organization of the new Group region have led to this decision,” Škoda said in a release on Wednesday. The automaker pointed out that “this decision is expressly not related to current events on the issue of diesel engines.”

Still, the fact Vahland is leaving is a huge blow to Volkswagen, which is facing a huge PR crisis for using illegal software in some of its diesel cars to cheat emissions testing.

There is no word yet on who will be Vahland’s replacement.

[Source: The Truth About Cars]

  • craigcole

    Wow, things just keep getting worse over at VW. This ship is adrift at sea.

  • mick

    Winfried was one of their best execs. He did a great job at Skoda. I have to image that other manufacturers will be tripping over themselves to get to him.

  • smartacus

    Quits after only a couple of weeks?
    Reminds me of the WebOS saga.
    This is truly ominous for VW in the USA

  • smartacus

    how is Michael Horny still all comfy at his job at VW USA?

  • Kinetis

    Most of the time, execs this good have already been picked up by another company before they quit.