Horn’s departure a “significant blow”, US dealers say image

The US dealers association released a statement in which they strongly criticize the move made by VW of America CEO Michael Horn.

Last week’s departure of the Chief Executive Michael Horn from the head of Volkswagen Group in the United States was an unexpected outcome for the German automaker who was struggling to agree with the US regulators on a fix for its over-polluting cars, nearly six months after the September disclosures. His resignation “through mutual agreement” triggered more criticism towards Volkswagen, especially from the National Auto Dealers Association, the body representing car dealers across the US, which says Horn’s leaving will not improve the company’s predicament at all. “The departure of Volkswagen of America’s President and CEO Michael Horn is a significant blow to the VW dealer network, which has been operating in crisis mode for more than six months,” NADA said in statement. “What’s most regrettable about Mr. Horn’s departure is that it leaves more questions than answers for the 652 Volkswagen dealers across the US.”

The Association stated that a critical step in the recovery of the image brand and dealership’s profitability would be for VW to honor the future product plan that Horn and VW dealers fought vigorously for in Wolfsburg. Volkswagen’s US dealers have made significant investment in buildings, technology and people over the past several years, based on these product commitments that NADA hopes are not in jeopardy. The body also calls on Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller and brand chief Herbert Diess to meet personally with their members at the upcoming Volkswagen franchise meeting during the NADA Convention in Las Vegas, as dealers deserve to hear first-hand from the company about its vision for the future of Volkswagen in the United States, the statement said.

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