The decision was made by the supervisory board at its meeting in Wolfsburg today. Müller is currently chairman of Porsche AG in Stuttgart. He will continue in this function until a successor is found.
Doing all we can
Prior to Müller’s appointment, and in an earlier press release (dated September 22, 2015) the Volkswagen Group announced that Volkswagen Group vehicles worldwide are affected by the current issues regarding emissions.
“We are working intensively on remedial measures in close coordination with the certification authorities. The vehicles are and remain technically safe and roadworthy,” the company s
We know it is to clean up and resolve NOx emissions problems, but VW is surely duty bound to make clear that the modification will inevitably damage fuel consumption?
If so, how many owners will willingly bring their vehicles into dealers for the modifications to be carried out? After all, this is not a safety issue in the usual sense of a recall. This takes us into the possibility of a whole new set of legislation updating (at least in the UK) Ministry of Transport MoT test procedures which, in any case, will not catch non-modified VW group diesel vehicles until they are three years old.
Government-empowered roadside spot-checkers might need to be equipped with a plug-in diagnostic device to identify non-modified ECUs. It is a practical can of worms, never mind VW’s share price.