Volkswagen is struggling to win the US regulator’s approval to fix around 600,000 diesels and it is hoping for a turnaround as it is replacing the head of its US legal department.
Volkswagen hopes to finally get the approval to fix the cars affected by the diesel scandal in the United States and, apparently, the German automaker believes that changing the head of its US legal department with an outside lawyer will bring more fortune to its efforts. According to a person familiar with the matter, David Detweiler, an attorney with law firm Clifford Chance, has been named the top attorney at Volkswagen of America Group, Reuters has reported. Detweiler has already started his new role from February 1, replacing David Geanacopoulos, who will remain at VW, focusing on government relations. These moves were initially reported by The Wall Street Journal.
Volkswagen is trying to improve its relationships with the US regulators and other government officials as well, as the diesel scandal brought a lot of criticism from Washington. The California Air Resources Board and Environmental Protection Agency said last week that Volkswagen submitted a plan to mend the affected 80,000 cars powered by the V6 3.0-litre diesel engine. And despite the company’s efforts and intensive lobby, after more than four months since the first disclosures back in September, there is still no proper solution in sight for around 482,000 cars with 2.0-litre engines that emit up to 40 times the legally allowable pollution levels.