Volkswagen’s quality control chief suspended – report


Another one of Volkswagen’s high-ranking officials has been reportedly suspended for having knowledge of the company’s recent diesel scandal activities, and not bringing it to the authorities.

The allegedly suspended 48-year old Frank Tuch, a former Lotus and Porsche employee who was recruited by former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn as the company’s head of quality control.

Germany’s Bild newspaper reported that incriminating evidence was uncovered against Tuch, who joined Volkswagen in 2008 – the same year the German car maker had began introducing the EA 189 four-pot turbodiesel engines into their cars, along with the defeat device.

Prior to Tuch’s alleged suspension, four other high-ranking Volkswagen officials have left the company – CEO Martin Winterkorn, Audi R&D boss, Ulrich Hackenberg, Volkswagen brand development chief and group powertrain head, Heinz-Jakon Neusser, and Porsche chief engineer, Wolfgang Hatz.

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Yesterday, we reported that the diesel scandal could be gearing up for another huge development, should Volkswagen’s newer EA 288 engine also be found to have a version of the cheating software.

Available in two displacements, a 1.6 litre and a 2.0 litre four-pot turbodiesel, the EA 288 engines were designed for use in the brand’s latest generation of MQB platform-based vehicles, such as the Mk7 Golf, new Tiguan, and even the next-generation Jetta.

No solid evidence has been put forward yet, but should the report ring true, it could spell a much larger scale of recalls (more than the 11 million currently affected), sacked employees, or worse.

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  • he was bold enough to stay in the company before suspension.

    Bold Cheater.

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    • Former Porsche employee?? no wonder my Porsche always sudden breakdown on the highway..Fxxk!! I mean Fork!!

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      • Please Sack in Malaysia Also on Oct 23, 2015 at 10:36 am

        VW AG also should sack those in Malaysia also

        Besides sacking, they should also stop selling DSG cars in Malaysia. VGM at first for many years denied there was anything wrong. Finally when VW AG admitted, VGM also was forced to admit 5 years later after Malaysian customers continuous complaints.

        Even until now, VGM lies that it is sorted out with mineral oil being used. But until today, so many cars are sent to SC to replace the DSG boxes completely.

        VGM should stop selling any DSG cars anymore and compensate all those who bought faulty DSG cars, which is 100% customers who bought any VW (except Polo) in Malaysia

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    • The ex-CEO should have knowledge about this too. Else he won’t quit right away

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  • Same L0rrrr on Oct 22, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    If like this, Proton QC chief should be trialled and sentenced thousands times decades ago.

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    • Ah Beng ProtonFan on Oct 22, 2015 at 8:45 pm

      Proton chief’s have no problem all no problem… UMW shut up and don’t complaints just support Proton !!!

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      • ToyotaNo1 on Oct 22, 2015 at 9:25 pm

        At least VW doing the right thing. What is Proton doing? Problems since first time, till now more problem only, no solution. Tiew Proton la!

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    • Just goes to show that if gweilo, we must forgive him, he is superior race, cannot persoal.
      But if he local, hoho. Must bash kau-kau, demand his blood and force him and his downline to seppuku on national TV.

      Malaysian double-standards at its best.

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      • did u even read the article title? he was suspended ! so what “forgive him, he is superior race, cannot persoal.” nonsense are u talking about ?

        meanwhile nobody from proton or its suppliers have been sacked or even suspended since 20 years ago until now.

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  • funniman on Oct 23, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Wonder who is the exhaust muffler supplier?
    Faurecia, Tennecco Walker?

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  • Firdaus on Oct 23, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Based on my experience, any company which grows to large or has too many products will go down sooner or on my radar is bmw.

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