VW group chairman Bernd Pischetsrieder wants the former No. 2 man in D/C's Chrysler division to take a newly created top job with the VW group's main brand, Volkswagen.
VW would neither confirm nor deny that it is in talks with Bernhard.
Bernhard was set to take over for Juergen Hubbert as boss of the Mercedes Car Group but the had the chance taken away because of resistance from the Mercedes' works council.
Klaus Volkert, chairman of the VW works council, would not rule out the possibility of Bernhard joining VW at its Wolfsburg headquarters
"I would have no reservations about Mr. Bernhard," said Volkert.
VW is also carrying out changes among its top executives.
Stefan Jacoby, who currently is responsible for the group's marketing, might succeed VW group strategy boss Jens Neumann.
VW brand boss Detlef Wittig will lead of the VW Czech subsidiary Skoda, at the request of VW Supervisory Board Chairman Ferdinand Piech. Together with his confidant Fred Kappler, Wittig is expected to increase the Czech brand's unit sales figures.