Volkswagen. Can the carmaker’s new boss drive it out of trouble?


Talis Andrade

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HOW to steer Volkswagen out of its deepening crisis? That will be the main question for Matthias Müller, appointed as the company’s new chief executive on September 25th to succeed Martin Winterkorn, who resigned two days earlier. The German car company’s supervisory board, meeting on September 25th, gave the job to one of the favourites thought likely to succeed Mr Winterkorn even before the emissions scandal erupted. But is Mr Müller, currently in charge at Porsche, VW’s sports-car division, the right man for the task?

He has a monumental job on his hands. Cheating tests for nitrogen oxide emissions for diesel-engined cars in America has left the firm’s reputation in pieces. It also threatens to drain its coffers. The cost of recalling the 482,000 vehicles involved, penalties imposed by American regulators and the potential for a vast pay-out to settle legal claims, looks bad enough. The firm has…

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