Volkswagen CEO, Matthias Muller, in an interview with William Boston of the Wall Street Journal. Mr. Boston’s reporting on the VW scandal has been stellar.
Let’s contrast with the initial statements by then CEO Martin Winterkorn when the emissions falsification scandal emerged in 2015:
Upon his resignation he said:
“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 the Volkswagen Group.”
“I am not aware of any wrongdoing on my part.”
“I am stunned that misconduct on such a scale was possible in the Volkswagen Group.”
Since the time of those initial quotes, documents have emerged that indicate Mr. Winterkorn was aware of questions about emissions as early as 2014. Mr. Winterkorn is under investigation in Germany for alleged failure to disclose the problems in a timely fashion.