Michael Horn is out six months after admitting to installing emission cheating software in VW cars.
Top Volkswagen executive is on his way out in the United States. Michael Horn the President and CEO of VW US unit is stepping down. Horn is resigning six months after the diesel scandal started.
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The German automaker admitted to installing emissions cheating software. The software was installed in over 580,000 Volkswagen diesel vehicles in the US.
The software allowed the diesel cars to go undetected while emitting excessively. Volkswagen made the announcement about Horn’s departure on Wednesday.
Horn had been head of the Volkswagen US unit since 2014. According to VW, Horn is leaving by mutual agreement. Horn will pursue other opportunities effective immediately.
Volkswagen also announced Hinrich J. Woebcken will take over the US unit on an interim basis. Woebcken is a former BMW executive who ran global purchasing among other jobs.
Woebcken was also named head of Volkswagen in North America in January 2016. Horn has been unavailable for a comment but he did send an email to employees thanking them for supporting him.
Volkswagen has announced the departure of Horn at a time when they are amidst negotiations, according to Reuters. Volkswagen is currently dealing with the California Officials on the diesel issue.
Similarly the US the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency are after VW. Volkswagen is negotiating possible fixes or buybacks for their diesel vehicles.
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The Volkswagen diesel vehicles emit up to 40 times legally allowable pollution in the US. Volkswagen is expected to face a federal judge with a solution by the 24th of March, 2016. If Volkswagen fails they are facing a fine of $46 billion for violating environmental regulations.