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VW Says "Chain of Errors" Led to Dieselgate

  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    VW needs to convince customers and investors how it can repair manipulated diesel engines and pay for the billions in costs associated with it.

  • Facts


    • Volkswagen said an external probe into “Dieselgate” wouldn’t be ready until well into 2016 and that it would provide a report at its annual shareholders meeting on April 21.
    • VW Supervisory Board Chairman Hans Dieter Pötsch said only a small number of people were responsible for the scandal and that VW would “relentlessly” clarify who was responsible.
    • VW also said oorders this year were up 3.5 percent, despite the scandal.
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VW Chairman Hans-Dieter Pötsch and Chief Executive Matthias Müller are under pressure to deliver answers. Source : Julian Stratenschulte/DPA


VW Supervisory Board Chairman Hans Dieter Pötsch said on Thursday that an investigation into who was responsible for the diesel emissions manipulation wouldn’t be completed until next year but that the probe so far had shown that a “chain of errors” had led to the biggest scandal in the automaker’s history.

“Individual mistakes by employees, weaknesses in our processes and too much tolerance for rule breaches” had been identified as the main reasons for the installation of software to cheat emissions tests in 11 million diesel vehicles, Mr. Pötsch told a press conference from VW’s headquarters in Wolfsburg.

He said it was too soon to identify people responsible for the crisis and said it would take “well into next year” for the external investigation led by U.S. law firm Jones Day to complete its probe.

“We will relentlessly clarify who is responsible for the acts committed. You can rely on us that we will call these people to accountability,” Mr. Pötsch said. “We will leave no stone unturned. Nothing will be swept under the carpet.”

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