Dieselgate: Volkswagen’s quality assurance boss quits


Frank Tuch, head of Quality Assurance at the Volkswagen Group, will be leaving his position and the company. In an official statement, Volkswagen said that Tuch, 48, is “leaving at his own request.”

However, several reports suggest otherwise, claiming that Tuch was made to leave Volkswagen following his six-year tenure there. It is said that the former head of Quality Assurance was one of the nine high-ranking officials that were initially suspended following the dieselgate outbreak.

Tuch will be replaced by Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler, a current Board Member for Technical Development at the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brand. In his new role, Rothenpieler will directly report to the CEO of Volkswagen AG, Matthias Müller.

The 58-year-old Rothenpieler held his current position since 2014. Prior to this, he has also held several senior management positions at Skoda, Bentley and Volkswagen. He was appointed the head of quality assurance at Volkswagen in 2007, and later became the board of management spokesman and managing director for engineering at Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH in 2010.

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  • Same L0rrrr on Feb 11, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    If follow the german practice, Proton would have its senior management changed dozen times. Don’t play play with Proton quality.

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    • Tak boleh tidur malam agaknya kalau sehari tak kutuk Proton

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    • carazy on Feb 11, 2016 at 12:54 pm

      German practice of what? Cheating the whole world and hide it for profit. Can you comment on that. Nobody are perfect in this world, pls keep in ur mind that..

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      • Same L0rrrr on Feb 11, 2016 at 3:50 pm

        VW cheat on emission already so many ppl have to go. Proton cheat on entire car for decades still no one responsible. This is the difference.

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    • Bear in mind that nobody got fired or resigned for unintended-acceleration-pedal-gate, takata-gate, or power-window-on-fire-gate

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      • Same L0rrrr on Feb 11, 2016 at 3:37 pm

        1 or 2 cases already global recall. So many burnt/died in the Persona/Saga still business as usual.

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  • lilytan on Feb 11, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    He was with lotus before. Why not hire him again for proton? After all proton have no diesel engine to worry about. His QA experience could do wonders for proton.

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  • gate gate gate on Feb 12, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    nobody wants to step down regarding Proton’s tethergate? shameless people

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