Volkswagen confirms Matthias Muller in top job amid company restructure as sales boss Christian Klinger leaves
Porsche boss and Volkswagen board member Matthias Müller has been confirmed as the new chief executive of the embattled German car maker.
Müller had been widely expected to take on the reins after Martin Winterkorn reluctantly fell on his sword earlier this week, as the emissions-cheating scandal gathered pace. This week Volkswagen has admitted as many as 11 million cars could have been fitted with a "detect device" that enabled it to cheat emissions tests in the US and Germany, where 2.8 million vehicles are thought to be affected.
Müller will remain in his role as chairman of Porsche until a successor has been found.
Interim chairman of Volkswagen's supervisory board Berthold Huber said: “Matthias Müller is a person of great strategic, entrepreneurial and social competence. He knows the group and its brands well and can immediately engage in his new task with full energy. We expressly value his critical and constructive approach.”
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