Former Engine Chief at VW Wolfgang Hatz Resigns

By Paul Riegler on 9 May 2016
  • Share
DSC_0636 (1)

Wolfgang Hatz at the 2012 Paris Auto Show

The former head of engine and transmission development at Volkswagen, Wolfgang Hatz, has left the embattled automaker.

Most recently head of development at Porsche, Hatz had been suspended seven months ago due to his possible participation in the Dieselgate scandal. The move was made at his own request.

Volkswagen admitted installing software that allowed its diesel-powered vehicles to pass emissions tests by lowering the amount of emissions during the actual test and allowing much higher emissions when the car is being driven. Mr. Hatz helped develop one of the engines involved in the scandal and was long critical of more stringent emissions standards.

Wolfgang Porsche praised Mr. Hatz’s “outstanding work” for the automaker in a statement on Tuesday. Mr. Hatz was most recently in charge of the Porsche development and testing center in Weissach, Germany and responsible for the launch of the 918 Spyder, a plug-in hybrid sports car that was capable of going from zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) in under three seconds.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)