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Top VW Steps Down in Aftermath of Emissions Cheating Scandal

Reuters reported this evening on the news that Michael Horn, the top U.S. executive for Volkswagen, will be resigning from his position with the automaker as the scandal over diesel emissions testing continues to roll out. Horn has held the top executive position since 2014, and will be succeeded by an interim replacement Hinrich Woebcken, current head of VW’s North American Region group.

Back in October, Horn testified before Congress, where he claimed that Volkswagen did not intentionally cheat emissions standards, instead shunting blame on a small group within the company, and denying any personal knowledge of the issue prior to the scandal. (Click here for more coverage.)

Next up in the case is a March 24th deadline, when the automaker will be required to report to a federal judge as to whether they have developed a fix for the vehicles which have been rigged to deceive emissions testing systems. In the meantime, hundreds of thousands of car owners wait to see what will happen with their own compromised vehicles.