VW China vice president Yang Meihong may leave the German manufacturer soon, according to a report from Gasgoo.com.
The possible departure of the executive, who is also in charge of PR work, may be linked to the scandal regarding faulty DSG gearboxes in Volkswagens made in China. The manufacturer has been seriously affected by this issue, both in terms of profits and reputation.
The departure would follow that of VW China CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann, who was removed by the management. Mrs. Yang didn’t comment on the matter while a senior member of VW China’s PR staff said he was unaware of any such news.
There are also unconfirmed rumors that VW China executive vice president Zhang Suixin will be removed soon. All these management changes have been triggered by problems with DSG gearboxes reported in the Chinese media for over a year. Affected owners filed suit against the carmaker, but despite accusations, VW has refused to acknowledge that the gearboxes had problems and didn’t issue recalls to solve them.
In mid March, Mrs.Yang said the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) told VW that a recall was unnecessary. The institution immediately denied Mrs. Yang’s claim, further affecting VW’s reputation in China.
According to a report from Der Spiegel, the DSG issue has cost VW at least €400 million to date.