Volkswagen Announces Structural Changes to Streamline Reporting

BERLIN (AP) -
Cars are parked at a Volkswagen dealer in Milan, Italy, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. Italian authorities have searched the headquarters of Volkswagen Italia as part of a local investigation into the emissions testing scandal at the German automaker. The financial police in the northern city of Verona conducted the searches on Thursday and confirmed that there are officials under investigation. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Cars are parked at a Volkswagen dealership in Milan, Italy. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Germany’s Volkswagen says it’s making structural changes that will help it speed up its internal decision-making processes.

Volkswagen said in a statement Thursday that the number of top managers reporting directly to the CEO will be almost halved.

The moves come as the company grapples with the fallout of an emissions-cheating scandal, whose origins it says have been linked to a small group of company engineers. CEO Matthias Mueller has said VW’s investigation has revealed “information was not shared” and has pledged changes to prevent such a situation arising again.

Starting in the first quarter of 2016, VW is appointing group heads to report to Mueller, including in areas of research and development, sales, design and production.

Mueller says the “changes speed up the decision-making process, reduce complexity and increase efficiency.”