Just one week after Martin Winterkorn pledged to do whatever it takes to clean up Volkswagen's emissions scandal, the former CEO now finds himself the subject of a criminal investigation. Prosecutors in Lower Saxony say the focus of the probe lies in 'the accusation of fraud through the sales of passenger vehicles with manipulated emissions data."
This comes as VW's new CEO, Matthias Mueller, pledged to get to the bottom of the scandal as quickly as possible in his first week on the job. VW is said to have been caught cheating on U.S. air pollution tests by installing sophisticated software known as "defeat devices" in the electronic control module of diesel vehicles issued between 2008 and 2015.
VW customers "in the next few days" will be told to retrofit diesel models equipped with the manipulated software, Mueller said in a speech at the beleaguered car company's Wolfsburg headquarters late Monday.
More heads are expected to roll amid allegations in German newspapers that at least one supplier and a company technician have been warning about defeat devices for at least four years.