Diess said "Ebitmachtfrei" during an internal Volkswagen event, evoking memories of "Arbeit machtfrei", the words that appeared prominently at the entrance of Nazi concentration camps including Auschwitz. Founded in 1937 as part of Adolf Hitler's vision for every German family to own a auto, Volkswagen used more than 15,000 slave laborers during the war as it manufactured vehicles for the German army.
The Volkswagen factory was also repurposed during the Nazi era to build military vehicles and equipment.
Responding on LinkedIn, Diess said he had meant to say that more profitable divisions had more freedom to make decisions and hadn't meant to invoke the Nazi slogan. The CEO's comments were first reported by German news outlets.
"Volkswagen has undertaken many activities over the last 30 years that have made the company, myself personally and our employees fully aware of the historical responsibility Volkswagen bears in connection with the Third Reich", Diess wrote.
Analysts at Bernstein said management change at Volkswagen had become a significant risk following the supervisory board's statement.
Asked whether Bernstein analyst Max Warburton was right to suggest that Diess had lost support internally as a result of the remarks, Volkswagen's supervisory board said such an inference was inappropriate.
"The investors did not know that VW was lying to consumers to fool them into buying its "clean diesel" cars and lying to government authorities in order to sell cars in the USA that did not comply with US emission standards", the SEC alleged.
The apparent misfire came as Gaza's Hamas rulers were in negotiations with Egyptian mediators about a truce deal with Israel . The Israeli military said several rockets were intercepted by its air defence systems, and there were no reports of injuries.
Next up for Nadal is Russian 12th seed Karen Khachanov who accounted for American eighth seed John Isner 6-4 7-6 (7-1). Kecmanovic next plays 13th-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic , who beat Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 6-3.
Her lawyer, Mariann Wang, said in an emailed statements she was pleased the judges had ruled that Trump was "not above the law". Last year, the NY attorney general sued Trump, alleging "persistently illegal conduct" at the charity he has run for 31 years.
It's a follow up to Sniper Elite 4 and there's a chance it could be next-gen or at least cross-gen looking at the timing. This will include all the games content including local wireless multiplayer mode and motion controls.
This became more prominent when it was announced at CES 2019 that Samsung smart TVs will make their platform available for iTunes. New Apple Music subscribers can get a 3-Month Free Trial to access 50 million songs from all major record labels.
Usman Khawaja's century led the visitors after captain Aaron Finch won the toss and chose to bat, Australia scoring 272-9. It was India's first series loss at home since October 2015 and Australia's first ODI series win in India in a decade.
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But, the growth will be small due to depleting reserves at main producing fields and as new discoveries tend to be marginal. China's fixed asset investment (or FAI) rose by 6.1%, which was in line with economists' expectations.
From time to time people outside the cordon came to place flowers under a tree to express their condolences to the victims. The prime minister recalled that there were attempts to change the gun laws in New Zealand back in 2005, 2012 and in 2017.
England v Scotland, Six Nations 2019
He showed courage to play 80 minutes, to tackle hard, and to carry hard after missing four months of the season. Wales will lift the title if they beat Ireland , with three bonus points awarded for completing a Grand Slam.
NWS issues flash flood emergency in Fremont
A flash flood warning issued by the National Weather Service includes Valley, Waterloo and King Lake in Nebraska until 10:15 a.m. Flooding there is due to rivers like the Elkhorn rising to near-record levels and breaching levees in some spots.
Uber plans to kick off IPO in April
Lyft seeks a valuation of United States dollars 20 to 25 billion, having been valued at USD 15 billion as a private company. The company will release its public disclosure next month and launch an investor roadshow, the sources said.
NYU Students Blame Chelsea Clinton for New Zealand Attacks
Clinton responded, putting her hands up to her heart, and telling the group that she was sorry they felt her comments were wrong. So far, an Australian man named Brenton Tarrant has been charged with murder and three other people remain in police custody.