“During his time in the U.S., Michael Horn built up a strong relationship with our national dealer body and showed exemplary leadership during difficult times for the brand,” declared Dies.
It isn’t known where Horn will go now, though the company says he will “pursue other opportunities.” My opinion is that Michael Horn called it quits because the Dieselgate scandal continues to burden Volkswagen in North America. Volkswagen has yet to come to an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department on repairs or buybacks for the 580,000 affected diesel vehicles.
Truth be told, there’s no such thing as an immediate resolution to the Dieselgate fiasco. It’s mismanaged in Germany, the home of Volkswagen, and it is even more mismanaged in the United States. A change in upper management spells more mismanagement in my book. As if the situation weren’t gloomy enough for the German company, the California Air Resources Board believes Volkswagen might not be able to offer a compliant fix for its 2.0 TDI turbo diesel engines.
District Court Judge Charles Breyer has given Volkswagen Group of America until March 24 to propose a fix. There’s no information on what is going to happen if Volkswagen misses the deadline. For the similarly faulty 3.0 TDI V6 engines, the company is working closely with U.S. regulators to evaluate a possible repair.