VW CEO Matthias Müller Could Be Ousted By Friday Over Dieselgate

Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller stepped into a firestorm after he replaced Martin Winterkorn in the midst of the dieselgate scandal and it appears his tenure as chief executive will be short-lived.

In a vague statement, the company said it was considering a “further development of the management structure” and hinted this would include changes to its Board of Management. The statement went on to mention a possible “change in the position of the chairman of the Board of Management” which is currently held by Müller.

Volkswagen went on to say the Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Hans Dieter Poetsch, is having discussions with certain members of the Supervisory Board and the Board of Management. The company declined to mention the specifics of these discussions but noted Müller has shown a “general willingness to contribute to the changes.”

Who will replace him?

While Volkswagen’s statement was light on details, Reuters is reporting Müller will effectively be pushed out and replaced by Herbert Diess who is currently the head of the Volkswagen brand and a member of the Volkswagen AG Board of Management. The Supervisory Board will reportedly meet on Friday to discuss the issue as well as a possible IPO for its truck and bus division.

If Müller is replaced, the news would come as a bit of a surprise as his contract wasn’t slated to end until 2020. However, there have been reports the executive was frustrated that his reform efforts weren’t being supported and the company hasn’t be able to fully get past the emissions cheating scandal which resulted in the recall of millions of vehicles.

It remains unclear why Volkswagen wants to replace Müller but The New York Times reports Diess has been one of the key figures behind Volkswagen’s push for electric vehicles. The publication also noted he “carries less baggage than Mr. Müller” over the dieselgate scandal.

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  • Good riddance!

  • LWOAP

    The sage continues.

  • Autoexperte

    absolutely incompetent,
    he couldn´t speak english and had significant intelligence deficits (any interview with that was entertainment)

    • botornot387

      Speaking English isn’t indicative of intelligence, especially considering he is the head of a German company. And its ignorant to think that everyone must!

      • Autoexperte

        No, he’s just stupid, English is another thing
        in an interview in 2018, Müller said, he doesn´t know how his salary comes about, it’s
        just a sum, that was expressed very unhappy
        or in an interview with Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche (in the Bild newspaper) they were asked what a
        Mercedes and VW will always have in the future, Müller answers “Difficult question. It fascinates me to try out new functions again and again. Right now the control by means of speech and gestures. This makes driving a car more comfortable and safer.” and Zetsche “Mercedes star”. That what I meant with intelligence deficits.

        • botornot387

          I can’t take you seriously when you talk about someone being unintelligent and this is the best paragraph you could come up with, as one long run-on sentence that barely makes sense. Also, you comment negatively on every VW post, so clearly you exhibit some type of bias against the organization or anything associated with.

  • Nordschleife

    But he stepped into something that wasn’t his own doing and how sad of WV to say “his reform efforts weren’t being supported and the company hasn’t be able to fully get past the emissions cheating scandal which resulted in the recall of millions of vehicles” So they expted anyone to come up with something to make the buying public so easily forget about Dieselgate? That shows more stupidity on board members than him and if his efforts were constantly being lambasted by the board then he had no support anyway. Hopefully he sees this as a blessing in disguise because it seems that people want to put the blame on one person….unfortunately as always.

  • SteersUright

    Corporate “oustings” are nothing more than saving face in the public domaine while protecting your executives from real punitive repercussions. Where are the jail sentences? These men broke the law. Why is it that laws only apply to everyone else?

  • ME

    They hired him for that position after the occurance. They’re dummies

  • Rocket

    Cleaning house and making genuine changes is the only way to win me back as a VAG customer, and maybe not even then. This would be a start at least.

    • Enter Ranting

      I’ll never drive another car from those cheating, lying monkey-gassers, regardless of who’s in charge.

  • Enter Ranting

    Don’t let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya!

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Word on the street Bernie Eccelstone is gonna take a poke at it…

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    Oh…never mind…

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