Real Council Members of Wolfsburg County: Drama at the Highest Ranks of Volkswagen

There’s been some drama at the highest levels of the Volkswagen empire. In a short statement issued on June 9, the company acknowledged an apology from CEO Herbert Diess but neglected to mention the cause of the offense.

According to a report from Reuters, there may be one of two reasons for the apology. German sources are apparently reporting that the conflict sprang as a result of pressure from the Works Council (essentially, VW’s union) in response to cost-cutting plans.

A source from Porsche Automobil Holding SE, the parent company that controls VW, the drama stems from comments Diess made about supervisory board leaking information to the press.

You may recall that there have been more than a few reports about the Golf 8 and the ID.3 being slowed by production delays. Well, apparently Diess found that suspicious enough to accuse members of the board of leaking information in front of thousands of executives. He was apparently upset enough to call leaking to the press “criminal.”

Two unnamed sources told Reuters that the supervisory board saw the comments as an attack on VW’s directorship and convened an extraordinary meeting on Monday to discuss.

Although Volkswagen still appears to be doing well financially, the strain of developing a whole new line of electric vehicles and helping the world forget the memory of the Dieselgate scandal looks to be showing.

Since the scandal broke, the Volkswagen brand has been through two CEOs and is now on its third, the brand has promised to put out an incredible amount of EVs by 2025 but is still only selling the e-tron and the Taycan, and Germany’s courts just ruled that TDI owners there are entitled to compensation for the Dieselgate scandal.

With two major vehicles on their way and a global pandemic to contend with, VW and Diess would no doubt be faster if we could all fast forward to the part where this is all over.