The emissions scandal that has shaken Volkswagen Group is to undermine the image of the German firm and threaten the country’s economy.
The resignation of CEO Martin Winterkorn will not calm the storm and more employees are likely to follow the ex-chief out the door. On social networks, the famous slogan of the brand, Das Auto, has been the subject of heavy criticism, and the scandal has been given the Twitter hashtag of #VWGate. The firm faces many a bad joke and has a huge task to tackle – that of regaining investor and consumer confidence.
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Volkswagen</a> could pose bigger threat to German economy than Greek crisis. <a href="http://t.co/aK42ca3F8W">http://t.co/aK42ca3F8W</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ausbiz?src=hash">#ausbiz</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/VWGate?src=hash">#VWGate</a> <a href="http://t.co/H9X71N0I2p">pic.twitter.com/H9X71N0I2p</a></p>— Financial Review (FinancialReview) September 24, 2015
"..Germans make the rules and don't break the rules.." via
dwnews</a>. Hey <a href="https://twitter.com/Volkswagen">Volkswagen,
vwpress_en</a>, your car is <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DasAuto?src=hash">#DasAuto</a> <a href="http://t.co/BhNxVD3K3q">pic.twitter.com/BhNxVD3K3q</a></p>— MaricelitA (M_aricelit_A) September 23, 2015
For Germans, #VW crisis is a national scandal |
justinhuggler</a> <a href="http://t.co/bXtAIIC6Fs">http://t.co/bXtAIIC6Fs</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/VWGate?src=hash">#VWGate</a> <a href="http://t.co/5Qg7frcc8C">pic.twitter.com/5Qg7frcc8C</a></p>— The Telegraph (Telegraph) September 23, 2015
Given the gargantuan
Volkswagen</a> emissions fraud, I'm starting to wonder if Herbie was even a true story!? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/VWGate?src=hash">#VWGate</a> <a href="http://t.co/V1HZmWCxMc">pic.twitter.com/V1HZmWCxMc</a></p>— James Mitchinson (JayMitchinson) September 24, 2015
Have a nice day, VW! :* pic.twitter.com/ljck1gLqqI— Michał Nierebiński (@loyolny) September 24, 2015
Video statement from Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn:
Video statement of Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn: https://t.co/htUtPC1iWM— Volkswagen (@Volkswagen) September 22, 2015