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VW UK boss: "Implausible" that company planned to mislead consumers

Paul Willis

Paul Willis, managing director of Volkswagen Group UK, has stood up in Government again to be quizzed further over the manufacturer’s emissions scandal.

In the latest meeting appearing before Parliament at an Environment Audit Committee Willis and Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive were questioned about the impact of the devices fitted to some Volkswagen Group vehicles.

Both were also questioned by the Transport Select Committee earlier this week.

The committee accused VW Group’s deception of being a “multi-year corporate approach” and asked whether more “cheat devices” would be revealed as part of ongoing investigations.

Willis said: “We need to separate what’s happened in the United States with what’s happening in the UK.

“...It is not the case that this goes wider than you’re suggesting. I don’t think there’s more to come out, that’s my personal opinion.

“We have engaged with law firm Jones Day to investigate all these points.

“...I find it implausible that there would have been a deliberate attempt to mislead people. Our future depends on transparency with the authorities.”

Willis also said "the pendulum may have swung too far" in terms of how business drivers are incentivised towards diesel vehicles due to the current taxation system.

He said: "I'm happy to sit down with Government, as is the SMMT, to really discuss the role we have to play in that, but it has to include other industries as well."

The full Environment Audit Committee hearing is available below:

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  • Archibold Flange - 16/10/2015 15:13

    Separate what's happening in the US with the UK...!!! What! How! ? Why!?

  • Wang - 16/10/2015 15:16

    “...I find it implausible that there would have been a deliberate attempt to mislead people". Is this guy a fool or does he just not understand the scope of the lies and corruption happening here? Unbelievable.

  • Iceage - 19/10/2015 16:56

    What utter nonsense the VW Board should be imprisoned for Corporate Fraud