Former Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn claimed once again that he didn’t know anything about the pollution cheating scandal, this time in front of the members of the German parliamentary committee. He said that he was not informed about that until late August 2015, and later in early September when cheating was formally reported to authorities in the U.S.
Members of the committee was anxious to know whether he knew or not anything about software cheating former VW CEO told: “That is not the case.” He refused to say when exactly he was informed about it with the explanation that this issue is still subject of investigation of German prosecutors.
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“What happened makes people furious. Me too,” said Winterkorn in his first public statement after he apologized for the scandal one and a half year ago. “I am deeply upset that we disappointed millions of our customers. For that I apologize. Everyone who knows me knows that I have always placed great value on quality,” he said. “From the outside it’s difficult to understand how something like this could happen at a company that is so focused on quality. Even I don’t.”
Still, Members of a parliamentary committee into the Volkswagen “dieselgate” scandal didn’t accept Wintercorn claims. Urlich Lange, German MP CSU told to the press that committee is not satisfied with the way how Dr. Winterkorn is making himself accountable, despite all the apologies he made in his statement. ‘’I think it has become clear that what he has told us, that he didn’t get wind of anything that happened into the Volkswagen group, that those are myths. This wasn’t just two or three engineers, it was much larger,’’ said Oliver Chrischer from the German Green Party.
Asked why he himself had no earlier knowledge, Winterkorn said: “Software applications represent a very specific area of work in engine development.” Earlier this month, VW admitted to U.S. prosecutors that about 40 employees had deleted thousands of documents in an effort to hide systematic emissions cheating from regulators.