VW disputes Spiegel report linking 30 managers to emissions scandal


German carmaker Volkswagen rebuffed on Wednesday a media report claiming that at least 30 Volkswagen managers were aware of the company’s emissions cheating scandal.

“The number is divorced from any basis in fact,” a company spokesman said, referring to a report posted by magazine Spiegel on its website.

VW’s revelations that it had manipulated tests on about 11 million vehicles around the world has already sparked a major shakeout in the group’s management, with several top executives having been sent on leave.

The group’s new chief executive, Matthias Mueller, is to join the head of the head of the VW brand Herbert Diess in Dresden on Thursday to report to about 400 of VW’s senior managers on the company’s progress in clearing up the scandal.