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NEW Jun 23 2017
The latest person who has talked about Volkswagen is Matthias Mueller: “There are definitely people who are longing for the old centralistic leadership. I don't know whether you can imagine how difficult it is to change their mindset. The only question is how long will it take? Of course we will at some point need many such factories (to mass produce battery cells) around the world. But if energy costs in Germany are what they are, then they (factories) will not be based in Germany.”. You’ll find on this page all the other quotes of Matthias Mueller and all the other people that have spoken about Volkswagen. You can select these people and their quotes by date, by name, and you can easily have access to the articles from which they originated.
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Reinhard Stolle - BMW

The processing power needed to deal with all this data is orders of magnitude larger than what we are used to. The traditional control engineering techniques are just not able to handle the complexity anymore.feedback

Ken Melville

We're looking for Volkswagen levels of quality here, they've got excellent quality.feedback

Robert Fico

Why should a company making one of highest quality and most luxurious cars with a high labour productivity pay its Slovak workers half or one third of the amount it pays to the same workers in western Europe?feedback

Damon Parker - Harcus Sinclair

It has been over 18 months since the scandal was exposed and UK consumers have waited in vain for Volkswagen to acknowledge and respond to their complaints fairly.feedback

Damon Parker - Harcus Sinclair

Our partnership underscores the co-operative approach that we are adopting with law firms and entities in different jurisdictions. Our clients' goal is to do all that they can to support other law firms and organisations across Europe to ensure VW is held to account.feedback

Guido van Woerkom

Since its establishment in 2015, the Foundation has tried to reach a reasonable settlement with VW on behalf of aggrieved car owners, so far without any success. We now see no other solution than to mobilise all affected car owners to force Volkswagen, Bosch and car traders to accept their responsibility and offer a reasonable compensation.feedback

Rupert Stadler - Audi

The diesel crisis has consumed and is still consuming resources. I am still convinced that we have initiated the right strategic steps.feedback

David Uhlmann

Congress can and should rely on the Justice Department and regulatory agencies to ensure that companies who commit regulatory violations make appropriate payments to remedy the harm they have caused.feedback

Eric Schaeffer

You're killing something that's worked really well – which is getting violators who've broken the law, in some cases in a criminal way, to agree to fund projects to make the air or water cleaner. What's wrong with that?feedback

Jeff Sessions

It has come to my attention that certain previous settlement agreements involving the department included payments to various nongovernmental, third-party organizations as a condition of settlement with the United States. These third-party organizations were neither victims nor parties to the lawsuits. The department will no longer engage in this practice.feedback

Eric Schaeffer

The goals of any settlement are, first and foremost, to compensate victims, redress harm, or punish and deter unlawful conduct.feedback

Jim Holder - Autocar

There is no clear government strategy on diesels. There has been a wave of negative headlines around the fuel but at the same time the taxation system continues to incentivise them. These mixed messages do nothing for consumer confidence, nor does the blanket reference to all diesels being dirty. There have been significant steps in reducing emissions, particularly with the latest Euro 6 regulation compliant units that are on sale now. Consumers have no clear indication of the financial or environmental impact of their decision. That is bad for both legislators and car buyers.feedback

Jim Holder - Autocar

T here is no clear government strategy on diesels: There has been a wave of negative headlines around the fuel but at the same time the taxation system continues to incentivise them. These mixed messages do nothing for consumer confidence, nor does the blanket reference to all diesels being dirty. Consumers have no clear indication of the financial or environmental impact of their decision. That is bad for both legislators and car buyers.feedback

Chris Cardona

Above all, the objective is building trust and credibility again in the European type-approval system.feedback

Steve Berman

GM sold its Duramax line as a powerful diesel that magically emitted lesser amounts of harmful NOx pollutants. But as our firm's testing revealed, GM could not accomplish what it promised consumers. Instead, it used complex devices to mask its vehicles' output of emissions, cheating emissions test, cheating purchasers, and putting all of us at risk of increased respiratory illness.feedback

George Galliers

If FCA is needed to make a significant payment, we believe all options will be checked out.feedback

George Galliers

Should this be the case, we estimate an overall expense per vehicle of not more than around $100, i.e. around $10 million in aggregate.feedback

Steve Berman

We have been systematically going through diesel cars made by all manufacturers (doing independent testing) since Volkswagen's scandal came out. That led us to Mercedes, that led us to FCA and now we're adding GM to the list of cheaters.feedback

Rudolf Hickel

I absolutely do not agree with this. I'm pretty sure that it won't be true. It is a nuisance that it is discussed in public.feedback

Klaus Allofs

We will have to see where Volkswagen's aims lie. Is it simply about the existence of a football club in Wolfsburg or is it about challenging for the top of the league?feedback

Klaus Allofs

Volkswagen will still have to invest a great deal of money into the development in order to secure the group's future. This can also be transferred to the VfL. We want to continue to make meaningful decisions and invest in the future.feedback

Brian Johnson

We'd only know that it's more serious if the E.P.A. steps in.feedback

Steve Berman

We came to the conclusion that all manufacturers in Europe had cheated, and we began to ask, How could it be that the vehicles manufacturers are selling in the U.S. are clean?feedback

Matthias Mueller - Volkswagen

There are definitely people who are longing for the old centralistic leadership. I don't know whether you can imagine how difficult it is to change their mindset. The only question is how long will it take? Of course we will at some point need many such factories (to mass produce battery cells) around the world. But if energy costs in Germany are what they are, then they (factories) will not be based in Germany.feedback

Christian Strenger

It's high time that promises for a blunt cleaning up through complete transparency by management bodies will materialize. Rejecting and delaying is all we have been hearing to date.feedback

Rupert Stadler - Audi

Audi has failed to clear up the diesel scandal for the public and for shareholders in a transparent way.feedback

Richard Corey - California Air Resources Board

Today's approval is another important step in efforts to repair the environmental harm caused by these vehicles.feedback

Ted Bundy

He would feign an injury and indicate he needed assistance or he would portray an authority figure such as a police officer. He thus persuaded the victim to voluntarily accompany him to his Volkswagen where he had secreted a crowbar near the rear of the vehicle.feedback

Rupert Stadler - Audi

We will continue until the job is done, with the tenacity that our company is well known for.feedback

Ugo Taddei

The commission's action highlights that the Italian government tried to whitewash emissions cheating by Fiat Chrysler rather than protect the health of its citizens. The Italian case is particularly alarming but, unfortunately, this reluctance to deal with the problem of emissions controls strategies employed by car manufacturers is a pan-European failure.feedback

Elżbieta Bieńkowska

Car manufacturers have been treating emission tests laxly – some have even broken the law. The emissions scandal has shown that the responsibility to enforce the law and punish those who violate it can no longer be left solely to individual member states. While the European parliament and member states have recently made good progress on our proposal to overhaul the current system, it's high time that they reach a final agreement. Citizens' health and trust is at stake and we have no time to lose.feedback

Steve Bernstein

VW is rolling the dice and betting they will eventually get relief through the courts.feedback

Matthias Mueller - Volkswagen

I see this as an opportunity. The work of the monitor can and will contribute to bringing risk management, compliance and integrity within the group to new levels.feedback

Hans Dieter Poetsch - Volkswagen

I'm aware that some of you wish for greater transparency. Often the publishing of a full report is demanded. To be clear: there is no written final report from Jones Day, nor will there be. I ask for your understanding that for legal reasons Volkswagen is prevented from publishing any such report.feedback

Gerd Kuhlmeyer

I am shocked and speechless, that was the case at the time and it still is today.feedback

Hans-Christoph Hirt

That's the only way to regain lost trust with investors and to win back customers. Only then, it can be found out whether the company is drawing the right conclusions.feedback

Christian Strenger

Your reference to the statement of facts agreed in the U.S. is completely insufficient and almost insulting to all those who are interested in complete clarification of responsibilities.feedback

Billy Porter

She wrapped me in her arms. She gave me some tough love. And she empowered me: 'You are enough. F– them. She also gave me a Volkswagen Bug to drive when I moved to L.A., and I drove it for 16 years, just FYI! However, since the beginning of time, artists are the folks who engage critical thinking and encourage those who think they are powerless to question the status quo; speak truth to power; change hearts and minds. The days of 'shut up and sing' are over. We must stay vigilantly visible. We must stay engaged. We must tell our stories. And GLAAD encourages us to do just that.feedback

Hans-Christoph Hirt

Our recommendation to vote against the discharge of the management and supervisory boards rests on VW's unsatisfactory progress in uncovering the corporate governance and culture problems which contributed to the emissions scandal. We think VW has failed to systematically address those problems.feedback

Herbert Diess - Volkswagen

Anything Tesla can do, we can surpass. We are confident that in this new world we will become a market leader. [Tesla] is a competitor we take seriously. Tesla comes from a high-priced segment, however they are moving down. It's our ambition, with our new architecture, to stop them there, to rein them in.feedback

Herbert Diess - Volkswagen

The entire electric fleet, is to be profitable from the very beginning.feedback

Dan Carder

We never set out to get crosswise with anyone. We were just kind of doing our jobs.feedback

Alberto Ayala - California Air Resources Board

They wasted our time. It had a very significant, very real impact on us all.feedback

Bernd Gottweis - Volkswagen

A thorough explanation for the dramatic increase in NOx emissions cannot be given to the authorities. It can be assumed that the authorities will then investigate the VW systems to determine whether Volkswagen implemented a test detection system in the engine control unit software (so-called defeat device).feedback

David Massey

At its core, the government's case against Mr. Schmidt is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of what happened on two occasions when Mr. Schmidt spoke to regulators in August 2015.feedback

Alberto Ayala - California Air Resources Board

For every answer we got, we generated a couple more questions. That was the first time I heard the words 'defeat device'. It explained it all.feedback

Arno Antlitz - Volkswagen

We have been growing (sales) again in the U.S., South America and also in Russia since the start of the year. We expect this positive development to continue over the course of the year.feedback

Herbert Diess - Volkswagen

The substantial restructuring programs are bearing early fruits. What's now crucially important is for us to continue along this path and work through our tasks ahead.feedback

Arno Antlitz - Volkswagen

We will critically review these financial targets and increase the guidance if necessary, as soon as we believe that what has been achieved is lastingly secure.feedback

Matthias Mueller - Volkswagen

Our efforts to improve efficiency and productivity across all areas of the company are also paying off. The healthy quarterly figures strengthen our resolve to continue our chosen path.feedback

Matthias Mueller - Volkswagen

Our efforts to improve efficiency and productivity are paying off. We are encouraged by today's strong results. They strengthen our resolve to continue our chosen path with Together – Strategy 2025.feedback

Matthias Mueller - Volkswagen

We are now really trying to think out of the box and find solutions that can be helpful at least in this transition period of 10 to 20 years. This is a system-relevant company and it's my task to ensure that this will continue to be the case. I will do nothing that disregards legal framework conditions and jeopardizes the company.feedback

Louise Ellman

It is our view that the refusal of VW to provide UK customers who were deceived by the company with compensation is deeply unfair, especially given the generous compensation being paid to US customers. Clearly a 29-page document does not contain all the findings of such an extensive investigation… Nor does it shed much light on the situation in Europe.feedback

Louise Ellman

How do you reconcile the claims that VW is attempting to become more transparent and open with its refusal to publish the full Jones Day findings?feedback

James Chao - IHS Automotive

All automakers in China are still trying to understand the implications of the more stringent fuel efficiency regulations and whether to increase production of qualifying NEVs or purchase NEV credits from other automakers, including their partners.feedback

Mark Fields - Ford Motor Company

We're not holding back anything. The requirements whether they get changed or adjusted or whatever, the bottom line is clear that electrification is going to play a bigger and bigger role ... in China and other markets as well.feedback

Jochem Heizmann

This will be a new cooperation on pure battery cars. Our challenging target is to come, already next year in 2018, to the market with the first car. You have to achieve cars which are competitive. We will be fast. We will use their technology. We will put in some of our own technology and experience.feedback

Sergio Marchionne - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

On the Volkswagen issue, on the question if there are ongoing discussions, the answer is no. I have a lot of respect for Volkswagen and I think we are not in a position to discuss any alliance, the primary focus is (on) the execution of the plan. I don't think it's possible to talk about alliances. We have today (the) tech capability to do what it does. I wish them all the best.feedback

John Elkann - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

I want to be clear about how seriously the succession process has been taken. We are working with Sergio in order to be able to identify someone who comes from inside the organization.feedback

Bob Lutz - General Motors

Their upside on pricing is limited. Everybody else sells electric vehicles at a loss. The puts a ceiling on your possible pricing. It's a constant cash drag. They're highly dependent on federal government and state incentives for money. They have capital raises all the time. Mercedes, BWM, Volkswagen, GM, Audi and Porsche are all coming out with 300-mile [range] electric luxuries.feedback

Lakshman Krishnamurthi

This will be just a short kind of hit. Volkswagen had the diesel problem, and their sales are fine. Toyota had a problem years ago, and nothing really happened to their sales.feedback

Hans Michel Piech

As a supervisory board member you can not quickly inform a family member what to do. You can talk to an employed supervisor in a completely different way.feedback

Jochem Heizmann

We are impressed by Mobvoi's innovative approach of AI technologies, and we are pleased to form this joint venture to explore the next generation of smart mobility.feedback

Zhifei Li

We are very honored to form this strategic partnership with Volkswagen. Mobvoi will continue to develop the cutting edge AI technologies and look forward to bringing car owners the unparalleled user experience via this partnership.feedback

Birthe Finkendey - Volkswagen Group

When certain conditions are met, such as I'm not driving faster than 130 km/h, the road has lane markings, and I am not performing any risky moves, – then I get an automatic prompt to switch to autopilot. A message tells me that the autopilot is ready, and I can activate it by pressing these two buttons.feedback

Aria Etemad

I believe for the urban scenario you cannot rely on the vehicle and the vehicle sensors only. You have to be connected to your environment. That means in the future we may have many sensors at the intersection. Maybe laser scanners and so on, that are just understanding what is going on at this intersection, how many people are crossing the intersection and so on, pedestrians, for example. And then this information has to be shared with the vehicle, so the vehicle is seeing more than by its own sensors only.feedback

Henrik Lind - Volvo Car

What we need is a vehicle that is able to understand the complete environment around us. We also need to understand the other vehicles around us, and their intentions. And not to forget, we'll also need to have the human-machine interaction well-implemented in the vehicles.feedback

Daniel Tidholm - Volvo Car

I want to change the right lane, so I double-press on the right paddle.feedback

Arnaud de La Fortelle

The problem is that there's a contradiction between two objectives, the faster I go, the less confident I am. If I want to be really confident, I go very slowly, and that's not efficient. So how do we increase both at the same time. For that, we need not only a good system of communication, but also good algorithms.feedback

Daniel Tidholm - Volvo Car

The car has very good knowledge of the surrounding vehicles. It's always having a safe distance with the car ahead, it's always monitoring the traffic. So in many ways I feel safer, actually, than if I would drive myself. The sensors are monitoring that side, finding a good gap. And if a good gap is found, the car will switch on the indicator and perform the lane change.feedback

Zhiyuan Yao

The more realistic a simulation is, the more problems there will be. But we're trying to take all these problems into consideration – in this way, we can solve them step by step.feedback

Paul Willis

We have implemented the technical measures in more than 540,000 UK vehicles. The technical measures have been rigorously tested and the relevant authorities have confirmed that there is no adverse impact on the vehicles' MPG, CO2 emissions, engine output, maximum torque and noise emissions.feedback

Paul Willis

He "dismissed entirely suggestions my evidence was intended to mislead or was 'short of the truth.feedback

Stefan Sommer - ZF Friedrichshafen

The last two years the automotive association in Germany lost a lot of credibility. That depends on what trade terms are negotiated.feedback

Peter Mosch - Audi

Our core factory need to be prepared further for the future.feedback

Max Waecker - Audi

None of our colleagues must fall off the conveyer belt as we move into the future.feedback

Louise Ellman

You stated in relation of VW's failure to publish the Jones Day report 'that all the facts are included in the statement of legal facts' published by the DoJ. We do not believe it credible that all the facts emerging from such an extensive investigation can be detailed in the statement of facts, a document which is 29 pages long.feedback

Louise Ellman

Even if there is no separate Jones Day report (as you now seem to maintain), this can only be because VW revised its initial position and instructed Jones Day not to produce a report.feedback

Sergio Marchionne - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

We are waiting with anticipation. There are 4-5 of us (automakers) at the worldwide level, if something needs to be done, it will be done. I haven't seen Mueller in 6-7 months, but I will go find him at the very first opportunity.feedback

Lutz Meschke - Porsche

To compensate for this decrease, we have no choice however to develop new business models in the digital world to be able to keep growing.feedback

Sean Cox

The allegations of fraud and conspiracy in this case are very, very serious. There is a serious risk that Mr. Schmidt will not appear in this case.feedback

Matthias Jahn

That is a signal that 'We don't have any fear of big corporations – we're going in.feedback

Matthias Mueller - Volkswagen

There is no contact at this time between me and [FCA CEO Sergio] Marchionne. It would be very helpful if Mr. Marchionne were to communicate his considerations to me too and not just to you. I am pretty confident about the future of Volkswagen, with or without Marchionne.feedback

Matthias Mueller - Volkswagen

We are more open on that account than we used to be previously. It would be very helpful if Mr. Marchionne were to communicate his considerations to me too and not just to you. You can rest assured that we will do everything in our power to make 2017 an even better year than 2016.feedback

Matthias Mueller - Volkswagen

2016 was not the supposed horror year for Volkswagen, which we had initially expected. We have achieved a great deal; in the operational business and with essential requirements for the future. Despite having a lot of work to do, Volkswagen is back on the right track.feedback

Frank Schwope

They are partly down to the spending reduction measures already achieved, also because it has a strong model line up, and as customers seem able to forgive the mistakes, and have not punished the company for those deceptions.feedback

Matthias Mueller - Volkswagen

Over the past month we were not in contact. I wouldn't rule out that in the medium or long term we'll talk about anything, basically.feedback

Frank Witter - Group Board of Management

Nobody can be fully satisfied with a 4 percent margin by 2020 but we only put out numbers which we strongly believe we can deliver. Once we see us moving with the future and see results, hopefully as early as 2017, we are certainly more than happy to revisit our targets but not without deliverables in the interim and we certainly want to meet what we are promising.feedback

Matthias Mueller - Volkswagen

I am not ruling out a conversation. It would be very helpful if Mr Marchionne were to communicate his considerations to me too and not just to you. I am pretty confident about the future of Volkswagen, with or without Marchionne. We are not ready for talks about anything.feedback

Matthias Mueller - Volkswagen

You can rest assured that we will do everything in our power to make 2017 an even better year than 2016.feedback

Matthias Mueller - Volkswagen

We are standing by our investment decisions and intend over the long term to play a significantly greater role there than today.feedback

Manfred Doess - Volkswagen

Your honor, VW AG is pleading guilty to all three counts because it is guilty on all three counts.feedback

Jason Weinstein

I've never seen a company act more swiftly or aggressively to hold itself accountable for what it did wrong.feedback

Stephanie Brinley - IHS Automotive

Among the long-term effects for VW is the financial costs, which are not yet fully realized.feedback

Hinrich Woebcken - Volkswagen

That was a pretty remarkable achievement. That shows the brand is more than a diesel brand.feedback

Matthias Mueller - Volkswagen

By offering the appropriate products we intend to achieve sustainable and profitable growth in very different parts of the world.feedback

Guenter Butschek

This is in alignment with Tata Motors' efforts to make itself 'FutuReady' by embracing new technologies, fostering higher platform efficiency and offering solutions that connect with the aspirations of our customers.feedback

Angela Merkel

I only found out through media reports. Nothing that I didn't already know based on the information from the transport minister and the media. I don't have any explanation for that.feedback

Matthias Mueller - Volkswagen

We are not ready for talks about anything. I haven't seen Marchionne for months. We have other problems.feedback

Christian Wigand - European Commission

Commissioner Jourova encouraged the authorities to use all means at their disposal to protect European consumers.feedback

Herbert Diess - Volkswagen

Our work is already paying off. We have put ourselves in an excellent starting position for 2017.feedback

Sergio Marchionne - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

VW has the most to lose. He would say that ... Matthias is putting on a brave face.feedback

Sergio Marchionne - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

I understand that they (GM) want to get out just to get rid of the problem, but you may have thrown out the baby with the bathwater.feedback

Matthias Mueller - Volkswagen

In the past Opel and PSA have been our accepted and well-respected competitors and they will be in the future as well. So we'll be excited to see how competition changes in that environment. Obviously we have our own homework to do and we're going to do that in a very single-minded way and therefore we are very positive about the future.feedback

Jean-Philippe Imparato - Peugeot

Last year, we welcomed the Opel Astra's win, because they made a great car and I'm happy to see we'll continue the adventure together, it's great.feedback

Hans Dieter Poetsch - Volkswagen

It is to be expected that there will yet be a whole string of (personnel) consequences.feedback

Matthias Mueller - Volkswagen

It has no influence on our plans initially. We have our own ideas and thoughts and will thoroughly work with them. We took Opel and PSA seriously as competitors in the past. These were two brands and now they're under a single roof. I don't believe that a great deal will change there.feedback

Matthias Mueller - Volkswagen

Well those legal burdens will be around for many years because there are also many plaintiffs, as you know, but what is important is that we have found a solution with the American authorities and with the European authorities as well almost.feedback

Matthias Mueller - Volkswagen

We are actually quite confident when it comes to the future despite this new reality (of a merger between PSA Group and General Motors' Opel).feedback

Ulrich Eichhorn - Volkswagen

The top sensors create a sensing 'curtain' around the vehicle. The lower ones scan further ahead and create a 25cm-high, flat-scan of the world.feedback

Ulrich Eichhorn - Volkswagen

Then you tell it where to go and it takes you there. It then drives away and parks, perhaps recharging itself. It could even be programmed to go down to the supermarket and collect your shopping for you.feedback

Paul Biedrzycki

Good emissions numbers translate to sales these days. If one does it, they all have to at least seriously consider it.feedback

Steven Barrett

It ends up being about a one percent extra risk of dying early in a given year, per microgram per meter cubed of fine particles you're exposed to. Typically that means that someone who dies early from air pollution ends up dying about a decade early. It seems unlikely that Volkswagen is the only company with issues with excess emissions.feedback

Karl von Rohr

Fluctuation is normal and within the usual boundaries and was even lower in January compared to the previous year.feedback

Karl von Rohr

The rest will hopefully be largely dealt with by the end of the year.feedback

Matthias Mueller - Volkswagen

As the figures show, Volkswagen is very solidly positioned in both operational and financial terms. This makes us optimistic about the future.feedback

John Hayes

(We) will go to Berlin next month to meet the minister ... to request that we're provided the detailed technical information that will allow us then, if we chose to, to take further steps.feedback

Paul Willis

Out of 1.2 million technical measures which have to be applied, as of today, we have applied 470,000 and at the current rate we are applying these measures to 20,000 cars a week.feedback

Matthias Mueller - Volkswagen

We as group management and I personally will continue to do everything, so that disputes are solved in a constructive way and Volkswagen will be protected from damage.feedback

Amnon Shashua - OrCam Technologies

The Volkswagen agreement is a turning point. [T]he agreement provides a framework for industry-wide cooperation between automobile manufacturers to jointly produce the map contents that are needed for autonomous driving.feedback

Arndt Ellinghorst - Evercore ISI

Neither of them (Bernard nor Diess) have been given the time to harvest the fruits of restructuring. To a large extent that has to do with co-determination.feedback

Maurizio Vitelli

There was no purposeful omission in having done that test only on a few of the vehicles, it was the inspectors' choice to add it or not.feedback

Sergio Marchionne - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Bad rules are also applied in a different way in every country, creating the worst solution that could be invented.feedback

Avi Primor

I spoke with Mr Piech only concerning this university project.feedback

Juergen Pieper - Metzler Bank

VW has been in turbulence for some time and Piech has no more say.feedback

Berthold Huber - Volkswagen Group

I can swear in any court in the world that Piech did not talk to me about the matter.feedback

Berthold Huber - Volkswagen

The allegations are untrue. Had Dr Piech informed us, we may have been able to spare the company and its workforce from substantial harm. We now expect the management board to thoroughly evaluate whether steps need to be taken against Piech.feedback

François Bausch

We have decided that, as there is a large probability that a defeat device was used, to launch a lawsuit against unknown persons.feedback

Alec Gutierrez - Kelley Blue Book

If prices go up, there has to be some sort of impact. This is a price-sensitive industry.feedback

Hinrich Woebcken - Volkswagen

With the court-approved two-litre TDI programme well under way and now this proposed three-litre TDI programme, all of our customers with affected vehicles in the US will have a resolution available to them. We will continue to work to earn back the trust of all our stakeholders and thank our customers and dealers for their continued patience as this process moves forward.feedback

Hinrich Woebcken - Volkswagen

All of our customers with affected vehicles in the United States will have a resolution available to them.feedback

Volkmar Denner - Bosch

After carefully weighing up all the factors, we decided to reach a settlement.feedback

Volkmar Denner - Bosch

We wish to devote our attention and our resources to the transition in mobility and in other areas of activity.feedback

Christopher Grundler

We will be prepared to brief him and his team on the work we did. We aim with our enforcement to make sure the cost of non-compliance is always much higher than the cost of complying with our laws.feedback

Christopher Grundler

We want to discourage manufacturers from simply designing to the tests.feedback

Christopher Grundler

Without a broad expectation of accountability, we know the inevitable result will be a race to the bottom -- to whatever level is the lack of EPA oversight will allow.feedback

Martin Winterkorn - Volkswagen

It's incomprehensible why I wasn't informed early and clearly. I would have prevented any type of deception or misleading of authorities.feedback

Ségolène Royal

I have no reason to think that Renault cheated like Volkswagen.feedback

Ségolène Royal

A number of anomalies were noted on Renault vehicles. The controls performed far exceeded the permissible standards. This is also the case for other carmakers to a different extent. So there could be other investigations.feedback

Michelle Krebs - Auto Trader Group

It's not identical to the Volkswagen situation, or at least it isn't yet. It's an inconclusive situation. There's still work going on. In the case of Volkswagen, it was deliberate cheating. They knew they were doing this. It's not clear at all that that's the situation here.feedback

Stuart Pearson - Morgan Stanley & Co. International

Our base case is that the current violation notice is settled as a reporting violation of US$140 million, a very manageable figure for FCA. However, until the issue is settled, emissions uncertainty is likely to remain a significant overhang to the shares and break the stock's impressive recovery since Trump's election.feedback

Loretta E. Lynch - Justice Department

The investigation is still open and it is ongoing. Volkswagen knew of these problems and when regulators expressed concern Volkswagen obfuscated, they denied, and they ultimately lied.feedback

Mary Nichols

Once again, a major automaker has made the business decision to skirt the rules and got caught. CARB and U.S. EPA made a commitment to enhanced testing as the Volkswagen case developed, and this is a result of that collaboration.feedback

Sergio Marchionne - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

(The vehicles) do not distinguish between test cycles and running a normal running operation, so the cases fundamentally different, and it is important for us to distinguish ourselves from the current state of the art in this area.feedback

Neil Wilson - ETX Capital

It's no surprise that another big auto maker is implicated for this was always going to be much bigger than just Volkswagen ...Fines and costs could be crippling if Volkswagen's experience is anything to go by. One thing is now clear - this scandal goes well beyond VW and Fiat Chrysler's involvement raises the possibility that other big carmakers are involved.feedback

Annie Bersagel

What is most disturbing ... is the pattern of deception, both in developing and perfecting the defeat devices, as well as deliberately obstructing the subsequent investigation.feedback

Loretta E. Lynch - Justice Department

Volkswagen's attempts to dodge emissions standards and import falsely certified vehicles into the country represent an egregious violation of our nation's environmental, consumer protection and financial laws. In the days ahead, we will continue to examine Volkswagen's attempts to mislead consumers and deceive the government. And we will continue to pursue the individuals responsible for orchestrating this damaging conspiracy.feedback

Loretta E. Lynch - Justice Department

This announcement does not mean that our investigation is complete... We will continue to pursue the individuals responsible for orchestrating this damaging conspiracy. But I will stress that we are looking at individuals who were involved and would have had knowledge of the same information that's currently being charged.feedback

Leslie R. Caldwell - Justice Department

This is a company where lower-level people actually expressed concern along the way about the fact that these defeat devices were being used and questioned whether they should be used, and higher-up people decided to keep using them. We don't really see many major multinational corporations that decide at a very high level . . . to violate U.S. law in a systematic way for nearly a decade.feedback

Gina McCarthy - United States Environmental Protection Agency

There are some structural changes that we are requiring so there is less ability for these types of things to happen. Markets like this don't manage or police themselves.feedback

Michael Punzet - DZ-Bank

The bright side is that Volkswagen makes another crucial action to fix the dieselgate issue in the United States however the monetary effect appears higher than so far anticipated by capital markets.feedback

Ingo Speich

This is a partial victory, but VW is by no means out of the woods yet. There are still considerable litigation risks. Facts need to be revealed now and, if necessary, further steps need to be taken regarding individuals to regain the trust of capital markets.feedback

Sergio Marchionne - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

What's going to kill diesel is this continuous drain on capital and this continuous skepticism about its value to society.feedback

Allen Schaeffer

These announcements send a strong message that diesel remains an important option for meeting the future vehicle needs of U.S. drivers.feedback

Mark Reuss

We're really good at it. It's not a bet the farm thing, it's an option.feedback

Ferdinand Dudenhoefer

China is the big equalizer. Diesel plays no role there, so your reputation can't suffer. China today is the center of the automotive world, for Volkswagen as well. And when you look more closely at the numbers, Volkswagen didn't lose so much in the end in Europe, because Audi and Skoda were able to buck the trend a little.feedback

Carsten Brzeski - ING-DiBa

Today's data finally bring some evidence that the German economy gained momentum in the final quarter of the year. Even though industrial data is still not living up to the expectations created by buoyant soft indicators, the surge in exports and the gradual recovery of industrial production brings some relief for a battered industry.feedback

Oliver Schmidt - Volkswagen

Rather than advocate for disclosure of the defeat device to U.S. regulators, VW executive management authorized its continued concealment.feedback

Eike Andresen

We want this court to determine that every affected German owner has the right to return their car to VW and be reimbursed the full purchase price. That's unless they want to keep their car in which case they'd have the right to receive compensation for the reduced value of the car, which is around 10 to 15 percent of the original price, depending on its age.feedback

Eike Andresen

Every affected person has been cheated by Volkswagen and there is no reason why people should have to keep their cars.feedback

Herbert Diess - Volkswagen

Volkswagen wants to strengthen its presence in emerging markets. That is why Africa ranks high on our agenda.feedback

Charles Breyer

I am optimistic the parties will resolve the remaining issues.feedback

Elżbieta Bieńkowska

Car manufacturers should already start designing vehicles with lower particle emissions and introduce the necessary filters in (gasoline) cars that are already widely used for diesel.feedback

Maria Stenstroem

Volkswagen's primary goal has always been to ensure our Canadian customers are treated fairly, and we believe that this proposed resolution achieves this aim. We are working hard to earn back the trust of our customers, dealers and regulators, and today is an important step in that effort. We appreciate the engagement of the other parties to these agreements and thank our Canadian customers for their continued patience.feedback

Thomas Sedran

We have set our sights on becoming a globally leading provider in the field of sustainable mobility. With our investment in Hubject we are supporting the digital transformation and making an important contribution to the transition to the era of e-mobility.feedback

Thomas Daiber

That way we can better expand our business in the future. Together with our new shareholder we will be working at top speed to push forward with interconnecting the charging infrastructure.feedback

Bas Eickhout

The differences between cold start and hot start are hard to explain.feedback

Lucia Caudet

A number of member-states have failed to put in place penalty systems to dissuade, discourage car manufacturers from breaking the law and a number of others have failed to apply them in the specific case of Volkswagen where a breach of law has occurred by using an illegal defeat device.feedback

Elżbieta Bieńkowska

Abiding by the law is first and foremost the duty of car manufacturers. But national authorities across the EU must ensure that car manufacturers actually comply with the law. For the future, the Commission has tabled proposals to introduce greater European oversight and to make the type approval system more robust. We expect the European Parliament and Council to reach an agreement swiftly.feedback

Ole Harms

Mid- and long-term MOIA will create the kinds of services that will meet the needs of urban citizens.feedback

Matthias Mueller - Volkswagen

Even though not everyone will still own a car in future, MOIA can help make everyone a customer of our company in some way or another.feedback

Matthias Wissmann

One can take a close look at every brand to see what are self-registrations and what aren't, and then one realises under what pressure the respective brand is.feedback

Peter Fuss - Ernst & Young

The political and economic risks that may dampen peoples' and companies' readiness to make purchases are growing.feedback

Lars Henner Santelmann

We have sold more diesel vehicles in Germany this year than a year earlier and at a higher price than a year ago.feedback

Lars Henner Santelmann

Even in the challenging business year 2016 we have been able to continue our successful growth course of past years.feedback

Tim Wuennemann

For me, this is more a feeling that I support this and I want it to continue now that it has just started.feedback

Dieter Zetsche - Daimler

The availability of high-power stations allows long-distance electric mobility for the first time and will convince more and more customers to opt for an electric vehicle.feedback

Josef Baumert

We will have the ability to meet demand in Algeria. This project opens new doors for us.feedback

Josef Baumert

For us, this is a sensible action toward increasing automobile sales in Algeria in the long term.feedback

Abdesselam Bouchouareb

This shows that the investment climate has improved. Our main goal is to reduce imports.feedback

Josef Baumert

The Volkswagen Group opted for participation in SOVAC Production SPA as we have co-operated successfully with our sales partner SOVAC for many years.feedback

Peter Mosch - Audi

That (Mertens's appointment) is a good decision. It's important to further push digitalization and electric mobility.feedback

Hinrich Woebcken - Volkswagen

Emissions standards in following years are getting tougher and tougher. Why don't you put the money and investments ... to comply with these standards, why don't you put the money on the spot where the future is?feedback

Matthias Mueller - Volkswagen

They (Uber) saw us more in the role of a supplier. But we said: Okay guys, this is a contest which we are happy to take on. We will remain in command.feedback

Matthias Mueller - Volkswagen

If more than a quarter of our cars are to be electronic vehicles in the in the foreseeable future then we are going to need approximately three million batteries a year. Then it makes sense to build our own factory.feedback

Matthias Mueller - Volkswagen

The VW group will refine its focus. We are investing more selectively and are setting clear priorities.feedback

Herbert Diess - Volkswagen

We are expanding new capabilities in future-oriented areas and creating around 9,000 new jobs. For example, in software development. Our goal is to fill as many positions as possible internally. We will therefore intensively look after the further training of our employees.feedback

Matthias Mueller - Volkswagen

This future pact is the largest reform programme in the history of the core brand of our group. It will make Volkswagen efficient, productive and competitive. At the same time, it will enable the brand to advance the technologies and trends that will shape the future of the automotive industry.feedback

Tim Schuldt

It was pretty clear that Volkswagen has been working on such a plan. Nonetheless, it was unclear if the company would be able to reach an agreement with the unions... which is clearly good news.feedback

Matthias Mueller - Volkswagen

Everyone at the VW brand has understood what is at stake: to create a strong, future-proof VW.feedback

Herbert Diess - Volkswagen

We are overhauling the entire VW brand and are getting it ready for the future.feedback

Amy Marentic

There are fewer 1.6 liter and less engines in premium, so if that tax cut does go away, that could be an opportunity.feedback

Stephan Wollenstein

We have not forgotten promises we made… We will introduce more SUVs to the market. Here today you can see how we deliver on our promises.feedback

Matthias Mueller - Volkswagen

The VW brand needs a real shake-up and that is exactly what the future pact has turned out to be.feedback

James Chao - IHS Automotive

The tax cut has been very successful, it's been a fabulous success. But there's going to be some pay back next year - a lot of payback.feedback

Jochem Heizmann

There is a question of what will happen with this purchase tax policy. If it really comes totally to an end, then maybe the first quarter will be a little bit more difficult.feedback

Hinrich Woebcken - Volkswagen

We decided not to go back staying a niche player. We want to be a relevant player in this market. So Volkswagen definitely is in front of a great comeback story.feedback

Hinrich Woebcken - Volkswagen

We decided not to be loud in expressing numbers, let's simply do it and deliver.feedback

Jochem Heizmann

We are making good progress in our feasibility study with JAC. Normally the legal framework is you are only allowed to have two joint ventures. There is a special chance to have this additional joint venture just on pure battery cars.feedback

Jochem Heizmann

We have to do more in the NEV area. The government is pushing, the general environment in China is pushing that.feedback

Jeremy Marshall

Bentham is determined to bring the opportunity to recover the overcharges to the attention of as many truck purchasers as it can and enable these victims of the cartel collectively to seek redress. Claims against the truck cartel are expected to be one of the largest-ever compensation claims resulting from a cartel ruling.feedback

Herbert Diess - Volkswagen

The Golf represents the essence of the brand better than any other model. That's why we continuously invest in the technology and improvements of this core product.feedback

Herbert Diess - Volkswagen

Our brand is facing some pretty big challenges. A new Golf always stands for a new beginning, a new momentum.feedback

Karim Bohn - Volkswagen

In the past we have issued bonus shares. Our shareholders did very well with that.feedback

Herbert Diess - Volkswagen

We are rising to that challenge. We will achieve more in the future with fewer investments to respond to competition.feedback

Herbert Diess - Volkswagen

In the past months we have worked on the cost side of MQB and made significant progress. The MQB has high technical substance, so we can use it for the next two vehicle generations without further major investments.feedback

Stephan Weil

As is known, there are currently talks between management and the works council about a future pact.feedback

Rupert Stadler - Audi

The conditions our company faces are currently very challenging.feedback

Joe Azam

We're going to sell it back as soon as humanly possible and try to put this behind us.feedback

Hinrich Woebcken - Volkswagen

Final approval of the [settlement] is an important milestone in our journey to making things right in the United States. Volkswagen is committed to ensuring that the program is now carried out as seamlessly as possible for our affected customers and has devoted significant resources and personnel to making their experience a positive one.feedback

Hinrich Woebcken - Volkswagen

Final approval of the 2.0L TDI settlement is an important milestone in our journey to making things right in the United States, and we appreciate the efforts of all parties involved in this process. Volkswagen is committed to ensuring that the program is now carried out as seamlessly as possible for our affected customers and has devoted significant resources and personnel to making their experience a positive one.feedback

Blair Stewart

This is not enough to deter the kind of behavior they did.feedback

Charles Breyer

Given the risks of prolonged litigation, the immediate settlement of this matter is far preferable.feedback

Wolfgang Porsche

Not all 34 will end up being supervisory board members, or have a say in discussions, and not all them want to. Exactly what is necessary is that the next generation of suitable family members have an interest in the matter and do not just wait for the dividend to show up.feedback

Holger Santel

Shiny, blingy showing-off is no longer the behaviour in the (larger) cities.feedback

Gunnar Kilian - Volkswagen

Constructive talks are still ongoing and will be continued tomorrow. The fact is: the pact may still fail. Especially if the company does not make concrete assurances for certain products, such as battery manufacturing.feedback

Marek Poskart

In the past they sometimes bought four to five systems at once but now it's only about two at a time.feedback

Marek Poskart

If your cost structure is plausible you will have no difficulties with VW. It's a give-and-take.feedback

Mark Dietrich - Audi

We got played the fool. This settlement does not go far enough.feedback

Elizabeth Cabraser - Volkswagen

This was a broken situation. It was broken for the environment. It was broken for consumers. I think we've all, including Volkswagen - on the 2 liters - put this back together again.feedback

Robert Giuffra - Volkswagen

This settlement is something that I think is very good for consumers. It's good for the environment, and it's a way for Volkswagen to regain the trust of its customers, the American people, regulators and do right by the environment.feedback

Arndt Ellinghorst - Evercore ISI

We welcome the fact that all parts of VW are looking to lower their excessively high costs.feedback

Chris Koster

Volkswagen's actions demonstrate a flagrant disregard for Missouri's environmental laws, as well as the health and welfare of Missourians.feedback

Alain Raposo - Renault-Nissan

The techniques we've used to reduce engine capacities will no longer allow us to meet emissions standards. We're reaching the limits of downsizing.feedback

Fred Kappler - Volkswagen Group

The increased deliveries make us optimistic we will be able to master the upcoming challenges. Reinforcing our customers' trust in our products remains our top priority.feedback

Sudeep Kaippalli - Frost & Sullivan

You can't downsize beyond a certain point, so the focus is shifting to a combination of solutions.feedback

Thomas Weber - Mercedes-Benz

It becomes apparent that a small engine is not an advantage. That's why we didn't jump on the three-cylinder engine trend.feedback

Pavan Potluri - IHS Automotive

They might be doing OK in the current European test cycle, but in the real world they are not performing. So there's actually a bit of 'upsizing' going on, particularly in diesel.feedback

Akio Toyoda - Toyota

There is a limit to the research and development that a company can do individually. In addition to the R&D which each company is working on individually, it is very important now to have partners who share the same goal and passion. We would like to always keep our doors open for new partnership opportunities, which will contribute to the making of ever-better cars as well as to the development of the automotive industry.feedback

Hans Dieter Poetsch - Volkswagen

The products that seem most likely are reflected in the arrangements made so far. From today's perspective, that is robust.