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Herbert Diess has become the new boss of Volkswagen Group, replacing Matthias Müller, who has been at the helm of the Volkswagen Group since the Dieselgate scandal began in September 2015.
Diess will also keep his existing role as Volkswagen brand chief Herbert Diess.
The move is part of sweeping changes at the Group, which includes Volkswagen, Skoda, Seat, Audi as well as luxury brands Bentley, Bugatti, Porsche and Bentley.
Under the new structure, the car brands will be separated into three core divisions: volume which will include VW, Skoda and Seat; premium which features Audi; and super premium which includes Porsche Bugatti, Lamborghini and Bentley.
Müller’s departure also left a vacant space on the board of Porsche. That position has been given to Oliver Blume, the existing Porsche CEO.
Autocar understands that the Müller departure comes as part of plans thought up by Wolfgang Porsche, Hans Michel Piëch and Hans Dieter Pötsch. The former two come from the families that control more than 52% of the Volkswagen Group, while the latter is its chairman.
Müller has led the Volkswagen Group through one of its toughest periods as it faced fire for its emissions cheating scandal. He inherited the top role from Martin Winterkorn, who resigned when the scandal broke.
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