Michael Horn, President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, speaks during the 2016 Volkswagen Passat reveal in the Brooklyn borough of New York in a September 21, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz/Files TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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Volkswagen's straight-talking U.S. chief Michael Horn has quit the automaker as it struggles with the fallout of a massive pollution cheating scandal, a decision that caught the industry by surprise.Horn, the highest ranking U.S. executive to quit the firm since the emissions scandal broke, became the public face of the German car maker during the crisis.VW, which until recently had ambitions to become the world's biggest car maker, is battling to resolve its deepest-ever crisis sparked by revelations that it installed emissions-cheating software into 11 million diesel engines worldwide.Volkswagen has since revealed that Winterkorn was sent a memo in May 2014 highlighting some of the diesel engine irregularities that have since come to light.
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