He's really, really sorry.
Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn issued a video apology Tuesday while the car company comes under fire for an emissions testing scandal. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency publicly claimed Friday that the company used software to help diesel-powered vehicles cheat emissions tests.
In the statement, Winterkorn says the deception violates “everything that Volkswagen stands for.” He said that Volkswagen would cooperate with authorities and begin a comprehensive internal investigation. “I apologize sincerely to our customers and the regulatory agencies and the public for the misbehavior,” Winterkorn said in German.
Volkswagen in is full-blown crisis-control in the wake of the EPA’s criticism. Tuesday morning, the company admitted that 11 million vehicles worldwide are equipped with the emissions-cheating software. Already, the U.S. EPA has said it will ask Volkswagen to recall the incriminated 500,000 vehicles from the U.S. market.
Winterkorn is scheduled to meet with the company’s board to discuss renewing his contract–a poorly-timed meeting that many expect will result in a new executive search.
Here’s a full English translation of his statement: