Opinion – VW bosses take the chance to say sorry
VW boss Herbert Diess
In a first public outing since the VW emissions scandal, company bosses were quick to apologise
Face is actually a key part of Japanese culture, so despite the Volkswagen dieselgate scandal not directly affecting any versions sold here at the Tokyo motor show, the collateral damage to the brand here is actually still huge.
I’ve heard a rumour in which Volkswagen has canned its press conference completely at the upcoming Los Angeles motor show to avoid a press pack in which can smell blood, nevertheless in which wasn’t an option here in Tokyo. Music had to be faced.
VW Japan boss Sven Stein opened his address to the globe’s automotive media with an apology. in addition to quite a long one at in which. He even said the word sorry a lot.
VW, which has sold 0,000 vehicles in Japan in more than 60 years inside territory, doesn’t sell diesel versions here, nevertheless had intended to do so. Stein said in which was today on hold, pending a review. No surprises there. “Japanese customers must feel confident in VW,” he said.
Next up was Herbert Diess, VW’s CEO, who also grovelled before promising to “uncover in addition to disclose” what exactly happened, in addition to “to make sure the idea never happens again”.
He also spoke publically on the recently announced plans to relaunch the Phaeton as an all-electric type, launch a brand-new modular platform for all-electric vehicles, add a plug-in hybrid type to every VW inside range, in addition to improve the roll-out of smartphone integration into its cars to make them more connected.
There was not a mention of diesel in This specific “brand-new” VW coming from Diess, however. Telling.
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