Updated on September 25 at 1:32 p.m.
Volkswagen’s board has picked Matthias Mueller, the chief executive of Porsche, to be its new CEO. Mueller replaces Martin Winterkorn, who resigned Wednesday over the emissions-cheating scandal that is hurting Europe’s largest automaker.
“My most urgent task is to win back trust for the Volkswagen Group—by leaving no stone unturned and with maximum transparency, as well as drawing the right conclusions from the current situation,” Mueller said in a statement.
Mueller’s appointment was one of several major changes announced Tuesday by Volkswagen’s Supervisory Board in response to the scandal that has affected 500,000 diesel cars in the U.S., and 11 million worldwide.
The scandal, as we have been reporting, came to light September 18 when the Environmental Protection Agency ordered Volkswagen to recall about 500,000 diesel cars that were installed with “defeat devices” to cheat emission tests. Those devices would activate pollution-control systems when the car was being tested for emissions, and they mostly weren’t activated during routine use. This made the cars worse polluters than the automaker claimed,violating the Clean Air Act and California’s state pollution-control regulation.