MUNICH -- Volkswagen appointed five executives to key groupwide positions last week after being widely expected to eliminate several multibrand functions in the wake of the diesel test-rigging scandal.
With the appointment of new leaders for its development, sales, design, production and product divisions, VW confirmed that it is sticking with group executives in key areas.
Speculation in Wolfsburg had been that the duties would be turned over to the four brand groups: VW, Seat and Skoda; Audi, Lamborghini and Ducati; Porsche, Bugatti and Bentley; and VW, MAN and Scania trucks.
Still, the new appointees will not sit on the VW Group's management as the previous heads of product development, sales and production did.
"These structural changes speed up the decision-making process, reduce complexity and increase efficiency," CEO Matthias Mueller said in a statement.