Automotive News reports that Former VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn is now out at Audi, as well. He’s resigned effective immediately from his post as supervisory board chairman of the company’s Audi division, further scaling back his ties with Europe’s largest automaker. All of this comes after VW Group admitted it used software to cheat diesel emissions tests.
In September, Winterkorn resigned as CEO of Volkswagen and Porsche Automobil Holding SE, its biggest shareholder, said on Oct. 17 that he’ll depart as head of that company as well.
His resignation isn’t a huge surprise, in fact it’s surprising it didn’t come sooner. The fact he didn’t give up all his posts right away after the diesel scandal came to light sparked more than a bit of criticism by those who pointed the finger at poor corporate leadership.
Volkswagen is currently trying to figure out how to fix millions of TDI vehicles that have defeat devices designed to spew out fake emissions test results. It impacts about 11 million vehicles worldwide. Audi and Porsche are also faced with recalls as part of the VW brand. Volkswagen owns almost all of Audi, with less than 1 percent of the unit’s stock publicly traded. VW recently also announced a plan to offer goodwill incentives to TDI owners.
Meanwhile, VW is still looking into additional EPA allegations that it cheated of 3.0 TDI engines as well as the smaller 2.0 TDIs that originally sparked the scandal. VW pledged to cooperate with the EPA to clarify any questions regarding the 3.0-liter diesel engines. The additional investigation centers on the Porsche Cayenne and VW Touareg SUVs and as well as larger sedans and the Q5 SUV from Audi, according to the EPA.
VW’s new CEO, Matthias Mueller, is moving forward with a plan Winterkorn drafted to decentralize management, giving more responsibility to brands and regional heads.