Emissions scandal: Volkswagen CEO resigns, says he's 'endlessly sorry'

Wolfsburg: Volkswagen’s chief executive Martin Winterkorn said yesterday he was resigning in the wake of a spiralling scandal over pollution test cheating.

Martin Winterkorn said that he is “endlessly sorry” that the world’s top-selling carmaker squandered worldwide trust in its brand. pic/AFP
Martin Winterkorn said that he is “endlessly sorry” that the world’s top-selling carmaker squandered worldwide trust in its brand. Pic/AFP

“I am shocked by the events of the past few days. Above all, I am stunned that misconduct on such a scale was possible in Volkswagen,” Winterkorn said.

“Volkswagen needs a fresh start — also in terms of personnel. I am clearing the way for this fresh start with my resignation.”
Earlier in the day he had said that he is “endlessly sorry” that the world’s top-selling carmaker squandered worldwide trust in its brand.

The rapid-fire developments came as Volkwagen stunningly admitted that some 11 million of the German carmaker's diesel vehicles worldwide contain software that evades emissions controls, not just half a million cars that the US Environmental Protection Agency said violate the Clean Air Act.

Volkswagen will announce a new CEO on Friday, a board member said.

Germany orders probe

Berlin: Germany has launched an investigation into allegations that Volkswagen, the carmaker, had allegedly systematically manipulated data of exhaust emissions tests in millions of diesel cars sold worldwide. An inquiry commission set up by the government to probe the charges against the German auto giant will take up its work by visiting the company’s headquarters.

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