Report: VW's Chosen New U.S. Chief Has Already Quit

Winfried Vahland, intended to become North American chief of Volkswagen, is reportedly leaving over differences in opinion on how to handle the diesel scandal.

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Well that didn't last long: that Winfried Vahland, designated to become the next chief of Volkswagen's U.S. division, is quitting the company, allegedly over differences of opinion over VW's new U.S. strategy.

Vahland, who served as head of Volkswagen Group's Skoda unit, was intended to join VW's brand management as part of the reshuffling after VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned as the scandal over Volkswagen's emissions-cheating diesels unfolded. 

In addition to being the favorite for a new position overseeing U.S. operations,  that Vahland was being considered as a successor to Winterkorn as CEO. 

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