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Minnesota to Replace Diesel Equipment Using VW Settlement

Minnesota to Replace Diesel Equipment Using VW Settlement

Without citing its sources, Spiegel said Karlheinz Blessing, who was appointed management board member with responsibility for human resources on January 1, 2016, would be replaced by Gunnar Kilian, secretary general of VW's works council. As VW emerged from the diesel scandal, the company began reviewing its future structure, and how to streamline the still-Byzantine conglomerate, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the deliberations aren't public.

The plans were announced after Volkswagen board of directors ousted Matthias Mueller as CEO and discussed ways to overhaul the company, which spans motorbikes, buses, trucks and passenger vehicle brands including Ducati, Bentley, Porsche, Audi, Scania and Skoda.

Diess, a former BMW executive, has had the hard task of negotiating restructuring and cost-cutting with German worker representatives since becoming head of the Volkswagen brand in 2015.

He launched an ambitious reform plan, including investing billions of euros in electric vehicles, but has struggled to push through changes to create a more efficient and focused company. He has led the company through the scandal to record sales and strong profits.

Originally contracted to serve until 2020, Mueller was stepping down "by mutual agreement, effective immediately", VW said in a statement.

Brands are being subdivided into four separate groups: Volume, premium and super premium. The company makes mass-market cars under the Volkswagen, SEAT and Skoda brands, luxury cars under the Audi nameplate and very high-priced vehicles under the Lamborghini and Bentley brands.

As Volkswagen AG fought for its survival two years ago, Herbert Diess - a fresh hire from BMW AG - appeared headed for a rapid exit after a tense standoff with the company's powerful labour unions over cost-cutting measures.

Minnesota will use 20 percent of the money to help pay for cleaner school buses, 35 percent for cleaner heavy duty on-road vehicles like trucks, 15 percent for cleaner off-road heavy equipment, 15 percent for buying new heavy duty electric vehicles and 15 percent for new electric vehicle charging stations. Reuters reports that Diess and Mueller agreed to guarantee VW's manufacturing jobs in Germany until 2025 in order to get approval from the unions for a plan to turn the carmaker into a mass producer of electric cars.

Yet, he was present in the room on the fateful day when the company's top managers were informed in detail about the depth and breadth of the cheating scandal.

The company also is replacing its heads of human resources and purchasing.

And the CEO of subsidiary Porsche, Oliver Blume, will join the VW board.

For Volkswagen its the biggest overhaul since it became a multi-brand conglomerate under former chief executive Ferdinand Piech, a grandson of VW Beetle designer Ferdinand Porsche.


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