30 managers involved in VW scandal

At least 30 managers were involved in Volkswagen’s diesel emissions cheating scandal, according to reports today in German magazine Spiegel, citing internal and external sources.

VW’s US CEO Michael Horn last week blamed ‘a couple of software engineers’ for installing the software that defeated emissions tests and said it was not a corporate decision.

Volkswagen declined to comment on the Spiegel report. The magazine cited preliminary results of probes by law firm Jones Day and Volkswagen itself, stating that dozens of managers would be suspended.

It also cited a person familiar with the matter as saying the circle of those found to have been involved and who knew about the cheating could widen further.

New VW CEO Matthias Mueller is expected to speak to top management on Thursday about the current state of the investigations and the strategic way forward.