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Volkswagen has been commented on by 249 key people in the news. You can find all of them on this page with their statements. People who have been most quoted about Volkswagen are: Matthias Mueller, Herbert Diess, Arndt Ellinghorst and Hinrich Woebcken. For instance, the most recent quote from Matthias Mueller is: “A company like Volkswagen must lead, not follow. We have got the message and we will deliver. This is not some vague declaration of intent. It is a strong self-commitment which, from today, becomes the yardstick by which we measure our performance.”.
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Falk Frey - Moody's

While steady global GDP growth will drive a bigger demand for cars in key markets like China, Japan, and India, we expect U.S. car sales to weaken and slow the speed of growth for the automakers sector globally to less than 2 percent into 2018, and so our sector outlook remains negative. Western European auto sales will grow 2 percent this year on the back of improving demand in Germany, where automakers such as BMW, Volkswagen, and Daimler have been offering consumers incentives to trade in older diesel vehicles for less polluting ones.feedback

Andreas Renschler - Volkswagen

But such a process takes time, of course. However maybe the German manufacturers were too slow. It could be. Tesla has set some crucial and good impulses in the industry.feedback

Angela Merkel

Therefore the automotive industry must do everything to restore trust and credibility as quickly as possible; this is in its own interest and that of its employees and the whole of Germany.feedback

Gerwin Ho - Moody's Investors Service

China's auto market is evolving into a developed market, and recalls are common and standard procedures in developed auto markets.feedback

Steve Hallerman - Citi

The budget was $8,000, $10,000, $12,000, whatever. He didn't know what he would get for his dollar. It is like buying a car: I will show you a Volkswagen and a Tesla. He was unfamiliar with Manhattan, and I wanted to give him a feel for different buildings.feedback

Matthias Mueller - Volkswagen

A company like Volkswagen must lead, not follow. We have got the message and we will deliver. This is not some vague declaration of intent. It is a strong self-commitment which, from today, becomes the yardstick by which we measure our performance.feedback

Thomas Steg - Volkswagen

Politicians have always had a huge interest in the well-being of the industry and the creation of jobs.feedback

Mary Nichols

She said, Your nitrogen oxide limits are too strict, and that is hurting our German diesels. She was there, it seemed, as spokeswoman for the auto industry.feedback

Matthias Mueller - Volkswagen

There's going to be a co-existence between combustion engines and electrified drive systems over the next 10 to 20 years, so against this background we should all be patient and relaxed and leave the decision to our customers, they should decide which concept they prefer.feedback

Matthias Mueller - Volkswagen

The diesels we are offering today are clean. They comply with the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) requirements and they meet the requirements and needs of our customers.feedback

Matthias Mueller - Volkswagen

I think we have to implement a greater presence in Russia and then we have to revive the South American market. And then there is the big issue, Africa. It remains to be seen to what extent the situation down there will be stable, politically speaking, so that is a market where we have to do our homework.feedback

Max Warburton

Daimler is the first company to state explicitly how much electric vehicles are going to hurt margins. It was brave to go first - but of course it won't be the last.feedback

Sergio Marchionne - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

My aversion to electrification was based on pure cost issues. There's going to be a huge increase in prices in 2021-22 if effective electrification becomes as widespread as people expect. That, based on everything I know in terms of economics, will cause a shrinkage of demand.feedback

Matthias Mueller - Volkswagen

A company like Volkswagen must lead, not follow. We are setting the scene for the final breakthrough for e-mobility.feedback

Carlos Tavares - PSA Peugeot Citroën

If it works and companies can be profitable that's good. But if it does not gain acceptance in the market, then everybody: industry, employees, and politicians have a big problem. We as PSA will make the technology available to Opel to pursue further electrification. If Opel wants to become a fully electric brand some day, we're ok with that, providing it is profitable.feedback

Matthias Mueller - Volkswagen

We're a big company and don't have any interest in getting any more bloated. There has been a lot of speculation about FCA, which we've noted, but it is just speculation and nothing more.feedback

Herbert Diess - Volkswagen

It's a long-term plan; we can't win America over in two years' time. It's a 10-year plan, but we are committed. We have a beautiful heritage, with ups and downs, and we have the dreadful history now of the past two years, which was a very difficult period for us. But we think that we get a second chance from the American customers.feedback

Herbert Diess - Volkswagen

SUVs will drive our business worldwide because SUVs are becoming very important worldwide.feedback

Ana Nicholls

It is also about getting new customers into showrooms at a time when car sales are subdued – down by 2.2% year on year in the first half of 2017.feedback

Oliver Hayes - Friends of the Earth

Encouraging the sale of electric VWs is clearly welcome, but knocking £10K off a £32K Golf still puts it beyond the reach of many people driving the oldest, most polluting cars that urgently need taking off the roads in order to protect our children from growing up with lungs damaged by air pollution.feedback

Steve Gooding

Scrappage schemes are fast becoming the autumn fashion in car showrooms, with no manufacturer wanting to be left behind in either the commercial or PR stakes. There's no harm in that if the result is a good deal for consumers and a positive impact on emissions. The acid test is whether the savings on offer are large enough to make brand new models affordable to people and businesses who might normally buy secondhand.feedback

Charles Breyer

Volkswagen has indeed been held responsible. But because Volkswagen's conduct took place during manufacturing, Congress determined that EPA, not the 50 States, was best situated to regulate it.feedback

Charles Breyer

If Wyoming (and other States) are allowed to hold Volkswagen responsible for the same conduct.feedback

Mike Hawes

We welcome this challenging new regime, which will provide hard evidence that the industry's ongoing investment in ever more advanced technology is delivering on air quality goals. Combined, these new and demanding tests will soon give consumers emissions performance information that is far closer to what they experience behind the wheel – and inspire greater confidence that the new cars they buy are not only the cleanest, but the most fuel efficient ever produced.feedback

Sean Cox

This crime is a very serious and troubling crime against our economic system.feedback

Christian Strenger

The net is drawing closer on the present and former management board. The evidence is revealing more and more they were part of the whole affair more or less from the beginning.feedback

Herbert Diess - Volkswagen

After the presentations at the global motor shows in Detroit and Geneva, we received a large number of letters and emails from customers who said, please build this car. The Microbus has long been part of the California lifestyle. Now we're bringing it back by reinventing it as an electric vehicle. The vehicle looks like a compact commercial van on the outside, even though it offers the generous interior space of a large SUV.feedback

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

What worries me is that an American president ... is sinking to the level of a North Korean dictator. I have nothing against a grand coalition under my leadership.feedback

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

The problem is, we are living through a situation in Germany in which managers worth millions at VW, at Daimler, have fallen asleep and forgotten the future.feedback

Pasquale Romano - ChargePoint

That's just an artifact of the fuel choice that we've used for the last 100 years.feedback

Angela Merkel

I don't see a military solution and I don't think it's called for. I think escalating the rhetoric is the wrong answer.feedback

Steffen Seibert

Four groups of experts have been deployed to debate what possible further measures can be taken. They are starting work immediately and therefore it is logical that there will be another meeting.feedback

Guenter Butschek

We have evaluated the technical feasibility and degree of synergies for the envisioned partnership. We have concluded that the strategic benefits for both parties are below the threshold levels. However, we remain positive of exploring future opportunities with the Volkswagen group, given the relationship of mutual respect that we witnessed during the phase of our cooperation discussions.feedback

Arndt Ellinghorst - Evercore ISI

The government's most effective way to help VW and prepare the business for the future would be to liberate the company from excessive political influence. If the government would sell its 20 percent capital stake in VW, it would be the biggest bull signal for investors.feedback

Bernd Althusmann

One will never be able to completely resolve this conflict of interest. We will try to position ourselves more effectively to better cope with it.feedback

Bernd Althusmann

Lower Saxony is obliged to provide sufficient oversight of Volkswagen and manage its stake effectively. That's not happening and we will do what we can to change this.feedback

Ingo Speich

In my view this conflict of interests cannot be resolved.feedback

Nick Pinchuk - Snap-On

Obviously, there are understandable questions about the tools group. The sales were down some. But I think … the good things about the performance, the strengths in the performance greatly outweigh the negatives.feedback

Jason Cohenour - Sierra Wireless

We already have quite a few automotive deals. It's a key secular growth opportunity for the company. The connected car is, we think, going to be very big. It's a market that's only 13 percent penetrated today. We think it's going to 100 percent penetrated.feedback

Nick Pinchuk - Snap-On

Every time we sell a diagnostic unit, it ignites a plume of updates in terms of software, so that's a pretty good business. The good news is the vehicle repair market is pretty strong.feedback

Jim Cramer

It turned out to be the maker of the semiconductors used in gaming, artificial intelligence, machine learning. It turned out to be one of the greatest bargains of all time. But a funny thing happened since Lynch penned his seminal work. The homework has, in some cases, actually kept you out of stocks that you might otherwise have owned and made fortunes in.feedback

Herbert Diess - Volkswagen

In the old world it is Toyota, Hyundai, and the French automakers. In the new world it is Tesla.feedback

Herbert Diess - Volkswagen

Tesla belongs among the competitors which has abilities that we currently do not have.feedback

Herbert Diess - Volkswagen

This shows that we need to significantly improve. We can do this. We measure ourselves against Tesla quite deliberately. Our goal: Using our abilities not just to catch up, but even to overtake.feedback

Mike Hawes

The fall in consumer and business confidence is having a knock on effect on demand in the new car market and government must act quickly to provide concrete plans regarding Brexit. While it's encouraging to see record achievements for alternatively fuelled vehicles, consumers considering other fuel types will have undoubtedly been affected by the uncertainty surrounding the government's clean air plans. It is important to remember that there are no plans to charge drivers using the latest Euro 6 models and no proposed bans for conventional petrol and diesel vehicles for some 23 years.feedback

Michael Ramsey

Diesel engines have been amazing at reducing fuel consumption, but the pollution they produce is costly to treat and the arc of transportation technology is bending towards electrification. These announcements, paired with commitments to electrify powertrains, point to a cleaner future.feedback

Michael Ramsey

We want simply that the cars which are on European roads correspond to European law, and this means that the emissions targets have to be fulfilled by each car. And on top of that, which is equally guaranteed under European law, air has to be sufficiently clean, also in inner city areas.feedback

Stephan Weil

The car industry made serious mistakes, huge mistakes over many years. We will not be able to clear up an aberration that developed over so many years within months or just a few days.feedback

Barbara Hendricks

The German car industry obviously hasn't got a good reputation at the moment, to put it mildly. We must avert this image damage but we are just at the beginning of warding it off.feedback

Annette Hebert - California Air Resources Board

We are not just looking at diesels, but we are looking at some gasoline concerns. We're spending a lot of time and effort and resources into looking into all manufacturers' vehicles.feedback

Harald Krüger - BMW

Sustainability is as much a part of us as Sheer Driving Pleasure. With BMW i, we were the first German manufacturer to make a clear commitment to electric mobility. But as well as emotion and pleasure, we are convinced that future mobility must be sustainable mobility. We are driving the transition as hard and as fast as possible and have launched more electrified vehicles than any of our established competitors.feedback

Elizabeth Morrisseau

This case really comes down to ... a struggle between Congress telling the states, You don't get to design cars, but you do get to control how they work on your roads.feedback

Robert Giuffra - Volkswagen

You run the math on the Wyoming penalties. It would be higher than the (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) penalty Volkswagen paid, which was $1.45 billion.feedback

Armin Laschet

We still need a strong auto industry. We want our carmakers to continue to be successful in the world and to carry on building the best cars. We need to save diesel ... but there must also be a new push into the electric era.feedback

Stefan Bratzel

Software updates are better than nothing, but I have doubts this deal will persuade people to start buying diesels again. The car industry is wrapped up in a prolonged crisis of confidence. It's high time for automakers to make a contribution to get out of this mess.feedback

Werner Hoyer - European Investment Bank

VW is an excellent company, but it has not been served well by its top management since the beginning of this affair. The thousands of wonderful people who work for VW must feel betrayed.feedback

Barbara Hendricks

I am calling for a divided control of certification and emissions testing on the streets. That should be done by two different authorities.feedback

Luke Collison

This was an shocking incident and we have launched a significant investigation to track down the suspects and bring them to justice. Good Samaritans who witnessed a serious collision stopped to provide urgent medical care and were met by two dangerous offenders and seriously assaulted.feedback

Jeannine Ginivan - Volkswagen

Drivers "may notice some differences in vehicle operating characteristics after the modification, but no significant changes to key vehicle attributes are expected, including reliability, durability, vehicle performance, drivability or other driving characteristics.feedback

Alexander Dobrindt

The producer will of course bear 100 percent of the costs. There is no explanation why this software was in this vehicle. In our view that is a kind of test recognition, which we regard as an impermissible deactivation strategy. Even if there is a modern exhaust gas cleaning system in these vehicles, if this software is nonetheless there it is illegal, does not meet the legal requirements and needs to be removed.feedback

Alexander Dobrindt

There is no explanation as to why this software is in this car. We forbid authorisation for this vehicle. That means that no further cars can put on the market.feedback

Abigail Ramirez

A lot of kids here in the valley suffer from asthma. When the air quality is really bad, they can't play outside.feedback

Alexander Dobrindt

We don't know how many are with dealers. These are the cars that fall under the certification ban. In our view that is a kind of test recognition, which we regard as an impermissible deactivation strategy. Even if there is a modern exhaust gas cleaning system in these vehicles, if this software is nonetheless there it is illegal, does not meet the legal requirements and needs to be removed.feedback

Stephan Weil

Is it still about legal and competitive neutral discussions and agreements between car companies, or has it become an illicit and competitive-influenced, restrictive agreement?feedback

Frank Witter - Group Board of Management

I am firmly convinced that our financial footing is adequate to cope with the transformation in the automotive industry and topics of the future.feedback

Frank Schwope

VW results are in line with expectations. But auto shares will remain under pressure over the cartel allegations. VW could face a single-digit billion-euro fine if the allegations turn out to be true.feedback

Barbara Hendricks

The view that the relationship between the auto industry and politics may have been a bit too close cannot be wrong.feedback

Stephan Weil

I believe that a necessary evaluation in individual cases will be rather difficult.feedback

Stephan Weil

Especially in recent weeks, the auto industry and Volkswagen have tested the public's patience in an undeniable way.feedback

Herbert Behrens

Today we can start setting out political guidelines and the framework so the automobile industry and employees know what's in store for us.feedback

Oliver Wittke

We need to start getting rid of combustion technology in the short-term.feedback

Sadiq Khan

Unfortunately VW made it abundantly clear that they have no interest or intention of reimbursing Londoners or indeed any UK customers who bought these polluting vehicles. They are also in denial over their responsibility to help clean up London's filthy air and mitigate the damage their cars have caused.feedback

Sadiq Khan

It is now nearly two years since the 'dieselgate' scandal and the Government must stop dragging their feet and urgently intervene. VW is making a laughing stock of the UK – the Government needs to demand a compensation package that equals the billions VW gave customers in America.feedback

Arndt Ellinghorst - Evercore ISI

What is not normal practice is if a group of these OEMs (including) VW, BMW and Daimler meet outside of normal industry standards where there are no lawyers involved overseeing the whole thing.feedback

Arndt Ellinghorst - Evercore ISI

This is potentially being dragged into the U.S. because some of the accounts were sold to American customers and also the Chinese as they were exported … But I still don't see a major global legal threat here. Well, the line is when you breach antitrust rules.feedback

Stefan Bratzel

In light of the diesel scandal, forbidden collusion creates a kind of super meltdown for the credibility of the German auto industry.feedback

Matthias Mueller - Volkswagen

The comments of Uwe Hueck are anything but helpful. The supervisory board certainly needs no lecturing on how it has to do its job.feedback

Sadiq Khan

I am disappointed by the utter contempt VW has shown for Londoners. Their appalling lack of action since the 'dieselgate' scandal came to light must not be allowed to continue.feedback

Joe Phillippi

I think a lot of industry marketing types are worrying about getting a black eye if another glitch shows up.feedback

Arndt Ellinghorst - Evercore ISI

This new chapter in the diesel saga needs to be taken seriously. Our conclusion is that there might be a risk of several hundred millions or even low billions.feedback

Matthias Mueller - Volkswagen

Next to the diesel crisis, there is a quite positive part of my job - for example, the operating business, which is running well. The year 2017 has been going well so far for Volkswagen from a business perspective.feedback

Udo Rügheimer - Audi

Audi intends to reduce overall emissions, especially in urban areas. We are convinced that this program will counteract possible bans on vehicles with diesel engines. We aim to maintain the future viability of diesel engines for our customers and to make a contribution towards improving air quality.feedback

Udo Rügheimer - Audi

The public perception is that diesel is bad, so for this reason we are trying to go further than the existing emission limits and improve emissions in real driving conditions beyond the current legal requirements.feedback

Sven Schawe

We wanted a little bit of oversteer to ensure the car turns into the corner and also so that if the driver comes into the corner a bit too fast, the car will be doing its best to negotiate the turn.feedback

Juergen Pieper - Metzler Bank

This is finally a proactive move to put something on the table and a solid attempt at getting out in front of the debate.feedback

Scott Pruitt

What VW did was very, very troublesome and we need to make sure it doesn't happen again. Look at VW, and Fiat – you have this Fiat case that is on the horizon as well. The emails and the communications that I'm aware of – it was strategic and intentional and should be dealt with very aggressively. I wouldn't call what was done too light at all.feedback

Scott Pruitt

Look at VW, and Fiat – you have this Fiat case that is on the horizon as well. The emails and the communications that I'm aware of – it was strategic and intentional and should be dealt with very aggressively. I wouldn't call what was done too light at all. We've reached out to the California governor as part of our CAFE midterm review in 2018. I'm hopeful that the state of California, the governor there, will respond with reciprocity and we are working through that process.feedback

Maarten Balk

For the 14 other carmakers we were able to get to the core of the matter and ask all the questions that we wanted and got satisfactory answers. But not for these two, up to the present.feedback

Giovanni Pamio

The refilling is planned at a minimum after 10,000 miles, during the oil change interval.feedback

Angela Merkel

There is nothing that can justify the fraudulent methods used to limit test values in the diesel area of some manufacturers that has damaged the whole diesel business. For many years we have appreciated diesel because it helped save fuel and CO2.feedback

Charlie Brock

Those things have helped attract all types of businesses to our area, from early stage startups to Amazon and Volkswagen.feedback

Alexander Dobrindt

We want emissions to fall across Germany. The goal is to agree effective measures to reduce the emission of pollutants from diesel cars.feedback

Martin Hofmann - Volkswagen

Artificial intelligence is the key to the digital future of the Volkswagen Group. We want to develop and deploy high-performance AI systems ourselves. This is why we are expanding our expert knowledge required. Cooperation with NVIDIA will be a major step in this direction.feedback

Karlheinz Blessing

Whoever comes later has missed an opportunity. I believe we will achieve our targets on staff reduction sooner than planned.feedback

Karlheinz Blessing

We have enough instruments to carry out the reduction in staff in a socially acceptable way.feedback

Julia Poliscanova

Governments should require carmakers to recall and fix these dirty diesels. It would prevent tens of thousands of premature deaths every year in Europe and beyond. Only three months from the new rules and almost two years after Dieselgate exposed widespread cheating on diesel emissions, regulators continue to approve vehicles that are up to 12 times more polluting than the legal limit. This demonstrates the corrupt system where the purse of carmakers rules over public health.feedback

Mike Hawes

What has been proven by official UK government emissions tests is that new cars meet legal requirements. A new, official and robust emissions test will be in place this September, with cars tested on the road for the first time, meaning industry is meeting the toughest standards in the world. Industry is committed to improving air quality across our towns and cities, and we look forward to working with government to encourage the uptake of the latest, low-emission vehicles, regardless of fuel type.feedback

Nick Molden

These high-emitting vehicles will leave a long legacy and a dilemma for the proposed clean air zones: how can you change on the basis of Euro standards if there is such a wild divergence in performance?feedback

Marco Rogert

In future the injured parties may have justified hope that they will be able to enforce their claims in only one instance.feedback

Scott Aaronson

If this were an application where D-Wave were actually faster, then it would be the first time we'd ever seen that. It would be particularly astonishing that this milestone should happen first for a Volkswagen application problem.feedback

Christine Haas

When you have done it yourself, then you have a much deeper understanding of the technology.feedback

Reinhard Stolle - BMW

A large part of the data center has to be on premises. The amount is so huge it doesn't work in the cloud.feedback

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