By on September 24, 2015

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According to the Wall Street Journal, Porsche CEO Matthias Müller will take over as CEO at Volkswagen following Martin Winterkorn’s resignation Wednesday.

Müller, who is 62 years old, took over as CEO of Porsche in 2010, where he expanded the sports car-maker’s lineup to include more crossover vehicles. Müller is a Volkswagen AG lifer: before becoming CEO of Porsche, Müller was in charge of all Audi and Lamborghini product lines, and had been at Audi since 1977.

On Monday, German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel reported that Müller would replace Winterkorn by the end of this week.

According to the report, Müller will be seen as a compromise CEO who is friendly to rank-and-file VW workers.

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14 Comments on “Report: Matthias Müller to Take Over Volkswagen...”


  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    This man was at Audi for both the creation of Quattro and the 5000. He should be alright.

    Also, I feel the 911 is only acceptable in five colors: white, black, red, yellow, purple. Not grey. And it needs pano roof!

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Nothing against Mr Müller, but they should have gotten an outsider.

    Now, who will run Porsche?

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      “Nothing against Mr Müller, but they should have gotten an outsider.”

      It was never going to happen. It’s too big of a company with an entrenched culture and too many people would have had to say okay to an outsider. No one at VW is going to pull a Bill Ford Jr and say, “I need help.”

      “Now, who will run Porsche?”

      Probably whoever is in charge of Audi and Lamborghini. They’ll shuffle people around who have less exposure to this issue.

      • 0 avatar
        SCE to AUX

        All quite true. Bill Ford’s humility demonstrated great wisdom.

        Another thing: VW needs a captain right now, while the ship is adrift, not in a few months after properly vetting unknowns.

        Still, an outsider would have impressed me that they have changed.

        • 0 avatar
          th009

          Herbert Deuss is probably capable, and is effectively an outsider, but he has only been at the company a couple of months.

          Given the current crisis, they need someone who has a steady hand, and can also work with the labour unions. It seems Müller qualifies on both counts, assuming this report is correct.

        • 0 avatar
          bball40dtw

          I think Bill Ford was also put in that spot because he desperately wanted to save the family name and equity in the company. Any dilution of equity or loss of dividends was a non starter in 2008. Four generations of family control was at stake.

          When you put up the Blue Oval with the Ford screed as collateral, you best make sure you have [email protected] good captain at the helm.

          Bill Ford also had the advantage of the board having his back on a decision. I mean, his cousin Edsel is on the board. The Ford family also has crazy class B share voting rights.

    • 0 avatar
      PeriSoft

      I understand why they didn’t get an outsider, but who at VW is high enough up the totem pole to take over *and* didn’t know (and shouldn’t have known) what was going on with the diesel cheats? Pretty much the whole management chain, anyone north of the guy who wrote the code, is tainted at this point. Anyone from inside is also culpable, pretty much by definition. It’s hard to see how they can move on from here, but move on they must…

      • 0 avatar
        th009

        There will be a chain of knowledge from the engineers up to some management level.

        But most people in most parts of the company would surely have had no knowledge of it. The guy running Brazilian operations, the head of Lamborghini, the CFO, the head of marketing etc etc. We’re talking nearly 100,000 people at the company, which will probably mean 10,000+ managers. Are you suggesting they ALL knew about this?

        • 0 avatar
          PeriSoft

          OK, not all of them. But given the egregiousness of the issue, it implicates people – even if not all people – all the way up to the top. “How did we get 50% of our cars to do something no other manufacturers could do?” is a question that either was or should have been asked; the issues are in no way too piddling for top-level execs to pay attention to.

          Also, the head of marketing? Hell, it was probably his *idea!* ;)

  • avatar
    Geekcarlover

    “I am from Porsche. We may cheat on the track, but not on the street. You can trust Volkswagen now.”

  • avatar
    TDIGuy

    Keep going! Just one more headline to push the Subaru article off the end and make every banner link at the top about dieselgate.

  • avatar
    RHD

    Welcome to the new boss… same as the old boss… again.

  • avatar
    johnny_5.0

    He looks like a bad guy from a Lethal Weapon or Die Hard movie.

  • avatar
    Luke42

    Porsche has better reliability ratings than VW, and product lineup that is more friendly to North America…

    If he can bring these things to VAG then perhaps I’ll be able to own a VW again. I want to like VW, but my 2001 VW Jetta GLS TDI did not provide reliable or maintainable transportation. Also, sedans are useless to me as a family man. Last, but not least, I care about emissions. If VW can face and solve these three issues, I’d love to own another.

    I did really enjoy my Jetta TDI, on those occasions when it was operational. It was fun to drive, but terrible transportation. The Prius is less fun to drive, but the ownership experience is vastly better!

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