VW hoped the new year would bring a fresh start but so far, that’s not happening. Prosecutors are digging in their heels; big investors plan to join the barrage of lawsuits; and CEO Matthias Müller can expect a dressing down from supervisors today for his poorly-chosen remarks during a recent U.S. trip.
The leaders of VW’s supervisory board will demand an explanation from Mr. Müller for his public relations gaffe in his interview with National Public Radio, when he played down Dieselgate, calling it a “technical problem.”
Sources close to the board’s six member steering committee, who are to meet today with the chief executive, said they want to make sure Mr. Müller and his top lieutenants won’t repeat the mistake, Handelsblatt has learned.
In the interview last week with NPR, Mr. Müller sounded dismissive rather than contrite about the scandal that erupted last September. He said Volkswagen “didn’t lie” to U.S. regulators when confronted with false diesel emissions data.