BERLIN: The ‘Made in Germany’ brand has not been damaged by the Volkswagen scandal, but “the carmaker needs to deal with the matter in a transparent manner,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday in her weekly podcast. Almost six weeks after it admitted using illegal software to falsify US diesel emissions tests, VW is under pressure to identify those responsible, fix up to 11 million affected vehicles and convince regulators, investors and customers that it can be trusted again. “A lot will depend on how Volkswagen deals with the issue,” Merkel said, adding that VW could recover if it acted transparently and changed its organisational structures so that nothing similar could happen again. “I believe VW is working on this with all of its power,” she said.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 1st, 2015.
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