Dusseldorf, Frankfurt In the diesel affair at Volkswagen, the top executive Ferdinand Piech and Martin Winterkorn back again in the focus. As it became known during the weekend, the then chairman Piëch has the former CEO Winterkorn discussed in March last year at a meeting of the supervisory body of the Wolfsburg carmaker to excessive exhaust emissions when sold in the US diesel vehicles. About the call first had the “Bild am Sonntag” reported.
Neither Martin Winterkorn even Ferdinand Piech wanted on Sunday to comment on the report that Piëch made the investigators of the US law firm Jones Day to meeting Winterkorn attention should have.
Jones Day searches on behalf of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen for the origins and the person in charge of the diesel scandal. The final report of the lawyers is expected to be published at the end. Determination results of Jones Day are automatically forwarded to the US Department of Justice.
Diesel gate is always more expensive
The Group also commented on Sunday not to the meeting of Piëch and Winterkorn. Speculation would not comment further on it, a spokesman said. In addition, further studies have to be awaited.
decisive for the investigating authorities should be the question of whether the leadership of Volkswagen early on the extent of exhaust affair in the US knew. If so, Volkswagen had informed too late about the diesel scandal. Details about had become made public only in September last year.
Had Piëch and Winterkorn actually already talked last spring about details, the criminal investigators a contact point would play into the hands. Investors who have Volkswagen sued for damages due to the price fall of the VW shares could enforce their claims easier. The VW group has not always argued the entire scope of the crisis became known only in September 2015.
Not otherwise should former CEO Martin Winterkorn who behave in spring 2015 compared to its then chairman Piëch. As reported from consolidated districts, was only spoken at the meeting in question about a recall of vehicles in the United States. That could play a huge billion penalty on the Group in the United States, which was not mentioned in the conversation between the managers were. Nor was discussed manipulated software. At VW, the view was at that time prevailed, that there would be a recall, as is usual with other technical problems.