You Won't Find Volkswagen's CEO Anywhere Near the Detroit Auto Show

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
you won t find volkswagen s ceo anywhere near the detroit auto show

Volkswagen’s chief executive officer, Matthias Müller, will be taking a pass on the North American International Auto Show this year. VW still needs to settle things with the U.S. Department of Justice, and is desperate to reach a criminal settlement before the Obama administration is replaced by Trump.

Of course, there is also the matter of public embarrassment. At the 2016 NAIAS Müller took some serious heat for telling National Public Radio that Volkswagen did not lie when initially questioned about its emission-cheating diesel vehicles. The CEO may indeed be busy overseeing the criminal settlement with the DOJ, but there has to be a little leftover humiliation from last year’s awkwardness.

“There will be no separate event of the VW group [in Detroit] and in view of this fact, the group’s executive board will not attend the show,” a spokesman from Volkswagen’s headquarters explained to Reuters.

The company is fearful that its plans in the United States could be postponed by over six months if it fails to reach a deal with the outgoing administration. The choice to keep Müller and the rest of VW’s executive board away from this year’s NAIAS may seem like the company is playing it overly safe but, with things coming down to the wire, its not entirely unexpected.

The Obama administration packs up its last belongings and ships out on January 20th.

[Image: Volkswagen Group]

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  • Srd275 Srd275 on Jan 05, 2017

    Especially since this engineer plead guilty. Wonder what he might have provided that relates to Board members?

  • Mtmmo Mtmmo on Jan 05, 2017

    The smartest thing the VW CEO could do is to announce some job creation. Anything would go a long way in improving VW's US reputation while creating positive favor with our new pro-jobs pro-American worker Administration. Earlier today Black & Decker announced they're building a new factory in the USA. Thank you President Trump!

  • FOG FOG on Jan 06, 2017

    "The Obama administration packs up its last belongings and ships out on January 20th." Was there something else important in this article? Sorry, couldn't resist.

  • Jasper2 Jasper2 on Jan 08, 2017

    This whole diesel scandal is disgusting. It isn't the one percent who buy these cars. It's the folks who work hard and then get the camshaft from VW. My hopes: 1. This guy is severely penalized financially; 2. Audi gets creamed by the new administration for building a plant in Mexico; 3. VW leaves the U.S. market and their southern plant starts making Audi's instead of making them in Mexico.

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    • Jasper2 Jasper2 on Jan 08, 2017

      @RobertRyan I drive a BMW made in South Carolina. Always will. FYI, SC is part of the US. No tariff.