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Volkswagen Overhauls Development to Prevent Another Dieselgate

  • VW brand overhauls development to boost `responsibility'
  • Revamp represents a `core element' of Volkswagen's recovery

Volkswagen AG is changing the way it creates new models by giving developers more responsibility for overseeing a car from concept through the end of production to help prevent another “dieselgate” emissions scandal.

Volkswagen’s namesake brand will give development teams control of a vehicle’s technology, quality and cost for the first time, the company said Wednesday in a statement. That’s a departure from the previous development process, which spread responsibility across layers of committees and funneled final approval through top executives.