Volkswagen has blamed the emissions scandal at the car maker on a “small group” of people and suspended staff as it unveiled Matthias Müller as its new chief executive.
Müller pledged to leave “no stone unturned” in an investigation, but did not reveal how many staff have been suspended and who they are.
Müller was speaking as he was unveiled as the new boss of the troubled German car maker.
“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,” he said.
Müller has worked at Volkswagen for more than 30 years. He joined the company’s Audi subsidiary in 1971, training as a toolmaker and then studying computer science. He was group head of product planning from 2007 and has headed the Porsche sports car division since 2010.
The 62-year-old was chosen by Volkswagen’s board at a meeting on Friday to replace Martin Winterkorn, who resigned on Wednesday following revelations in the US that Volkswagen installed software on diesel cars to disguise emission levels in tests.
VW also announced a corporate restructuring designed to simplify its management team. This will involve operations in the US, Canada and Mexico combined under a new North America arm, and Porsche grouped with fellow luxury brands Bugatti and Bentley.
Bernd Osterloh, chairman of VW’s work council and a member of the executive committee, said: “A small group has done damage to our company. We need a climate where mistakes are not hidden.”
This article was written by Graham Ruddick and Sean Farrell, for theguardian.com on Friday 25th September 2015 18.23 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010